Batik Napkins


In most of my work, I use shibori techniques such as binding, stitching, folding or compressing the fabric to add pattern and texture. I like the unplanned “happy accidents” and organic textures that are created through the tie-dye techniques, but I had been wanting to try a different resist method that had a bit more control. Batik, or wax resist, is created by applying hot wax on a fabric that is then dyed. The areas covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original color. Batiks can be very elaborate with repeated applications of wax and dye to create more complex and colorful designs. I decided to experiment with one color at first, using brushes and found objects to create a design.


I liked the ability to control the design/pattern and still have a hand-dyed look but I wanted to create some napkins with a bit more depth and color so I made a batch of overdyed napkins. The napkins below went through two runs of wax and dye application. On the left is the first wax application, on the right the second.


I have always like the “3-D” look of off-register screenprints and thought it would be a fun optical illusion pattern to create with wax resist.


I was pleased with the how the overlap of wax and dye turned out – I think more multicolored batiks are in the works! Check out more of my hand-dyed home goods on the Nido website.

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