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Batik means “wax written” and is an easy way of decorating cloth with wax and dye. A design drawn in wax keeps its original color while the rest of the cloth is dyed, revealing a contrasting pattern when the wax is removed. You and your friends can add a summery touch to your home décor with batik wall hangings or curtains. Or create a pretty sheet of fabric or linen napkins to spread out for a picnic or a day at the beach.
Most home goods stores carry beeswax and paraffin wax as well as cold water fabric dye (hot water dye will melt the wax). Pick up a few colors of dye to give your friends a selection. Most of what you will need are household items, but take this Batik Materials List along just in case.
In an open space in your yard, arrange your friends into a large circle with fondue dishes in the center and dye buckets on the outer edge. This will help everyone stay close to the tools they need without stepping over one another’s cloths.
As the fabrics dry, let the clothesline act as an outdoor gallery. Take this time to catch up and enjoy the weather over refreshing drinks and light snacks. Admire each other’s work and share your inspirations and tips as well as what you plan to do with your unique creations.
If the fabrics are still damp when it’s time to go, help your friends fold up their cloth into a plastic bag for a mess-free trip. Give each friend this How to Batik instructions sheet and the materials list to take with them so they can de-wax at home. It’s a great take away that they can save for future batik projects or just keep as a memento of your time together.
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