Batik is a "resist" technique. Melted wax is applied to the fabric,
then the fabric is dipped in dye (the waxed areas "resist" the dyes).
The fabric is allowed to dry before repeating the process again
for each color in the design working from the lightest color to the
Care and planning must be taken with choice of colors because
each new color mixes with the previous colors in the unwaxed areas.
Mysterious and almost magical changes occur when waxed fabrics are
dipped into different color baths.
The crackle or veining that appears
in most Batiks is caused when the wax cracks and allows the dye to
penetrate to the fabric. After the final color is applied, the wax is
removed and the piece is ready for presentation.