Zimbabwe Batik - Two Women & baby
- Item Number
- Estimated Value
- $250 USD
- Opening Bid
- $100 USD
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting,or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
A tradition of making batik is found in various countries. This is a Sadza Batik is from Zimbabwe. Sadza is a porridge-like paste of maize or wheat-meal and a traditional staple food of Zimbabwe. This paste is used instead of batik wax. Geometric designs and African animals are painted onto the cotton. The porridge dries and cracks, then paint is applied to the fabric over the dried porridge. After heating several times to reinforce the paint colors, the textile is washed and the porridge is scraped off leaving a unique batik crackle pattern where the porridge was applied.
The image depicts two women and a baby.
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