Friday, May 15, 2009

Tanzanian Batik Art

Batik Art originated from Indonesia and the style was adopted in Tanzania. In Tanzania the art is made by dyeing white cotton cloth with prefered background colors and then after it dries, hot liquid wax is brushed onto a piece of cotton cloth in the desired pattern. Dye is then applied again to the cloth which adheres to all of the areas that are not covered by the wax. The wax is then removed and reapplied repeated for each color used. Many beautiful sceneries and images can be created on the cotton cloth.

This beautiful batik art is from Arusha, Tanzania. It depicts African women working in the village.

Check out the post below for more about batik and a video from Filex,a batik artist in Arusha.

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