Tjanting batik

Batik is a centuries-old method of dyeing using wax as a resist (to seal in color). Tjanting (pronounced “chanting”) is the oldest method of batik.

 

Hand-formed basic tjanting tools have different sized spouts and several may be used on one piece of fabric.

Tjanting tools have different sized spouts and several may be used on one piece of fabric.

Wax melting pot (over live flame)

 

 

 

Wax melting pot (over live flame).

 

This technique requires great skill, patience and a steady hand.

The word “tjanting” means “applying little dots.”

Tjanting

Tjanting batik on silk.

One of Barb’s tour guests practices tjanting batik on silk.

Tjanting wax outlines stop dyes from spreading, allowing us to “color inside the lines.” Here a tour guests paints on silk that has the outline of a flower drawn in wax with a tjanting tool.

Tjanting wax outlines stop dyes from spreading, allowing us to “color inside the lines.” Here a tour guest paints on silk that has the outline of a flower drawn in wax with a tjanting tool.

One of our tour guests trying tjanting.

One of our tour guests trying tjanting.

 

 

 

Again wax is applied by following pencil lines on a sketch.

Again wax is applied by following pencil lines on a sketch.

A woman paints a sarong.

 

 

 

A woman paints a sarong.