Batik - (Textiles)

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Batik - (Textiles) Batik is a type of dyed fabric that originated in Indonesia and predates written records. Batik uses a hand applied wax-resist dyeing technique. Discoveries show it already existed in Egypt in the 4th century BC, where it was used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool. In Asia, the technique was practiced in China during the T'ang dynasty (618-907), and in India and Japan during the Nara period (645-794). In Africa it was originally practiced by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, Soninke and Wolof in Senegal.


Batik: Fabled Cloth of JavaBatik: Fabled Cloth of Java

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