Batik From Mandvi
Batik practice of block printing has been carried to Kutch during the time of Ramayana by seasoned, master craftsmen. Batik was a popular textile export to Indonesia from Gujarat in 15th century. Batik is a medium that lies somewhere between art and craft, and has been believed for centuries past. The Batik technique is a development of resist printing. The fabric is painted with molten wax and then dyed in cold dyes after which the cloth is washed hot water. The wax melts and the pattern emerges. The effect of this resist technique is soft and subdued and the outlines are not clearly specified.
Batik is very often considered a craft like ceramics, pottery or even needle work. Batik artisans in the present are struggling to stay afloat in a modern and competitive market. Their style of printing is now replicated by screen and laser printers, who can make textiles in larger quantities to sell in bulk.
At Craft Canopy, our main aim is to work with artisans and motivate to adopt new blocks, patterns and collaborators so that Batik printers can modernize their craft and make it saleable. Through these initiatives by Craft canopy the legacy of the craft as a source of knowledge, inspiration and history for future Batik printers and communities.