Batik 2019 is part of Dovecot Patterns, a selection of tapestries created by Dovecot weavers which evokes a cultural conversation through pattern that reaches back thousands of years. Weaver Emma Jo Webster looked to the textile technique batik to inform this tapestry design and approach.
Batik is a technique over 2,000 years old with origins in Africa and Asia, that utilises wax and dye to create designs and patterns on textiles. Looking to the aesthetic quality of textiles created with batik, Webster designed a tapestry that takes on the subtle qualities of the medium to develop a floral pattern. With a saturated blue palette, Batik is a striking tapestry that combines the techniques of the art of tapestry weaving with aesthetic references to another textile tradition.
*Batik will is currently included in Dovecot’s curated selection of works for Collect 2021, international art fair for contemporary craft and design, online until 26 March via Artsy.