Wax-Resist Method

In batik making, there are two ways of applying wax to the cloth: hand-drawn using a tool called “canting” or “tjanting” and block chops (“cap” or “tjap“) made from copper. In this blog, we shall talk about the canting, essentially a small copper pot or well, in which the artisan would have scooped the melted wax into, and transferred the wax through a tiny funnel or spout onto the fabric, tracing an underlying pencilled-in design. In order to do this well, the ratio combination of wax-paraffin and resin must suit the fabric and the final effect required. The wax mixture is heated to the correct temperature that would allow the wax to flow out smoothly through the canting;  like Goldilocks, the batik artist must be sure that it the wax is neither too hot nor too cool.

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