Batik Painting the Ancient Art of India

Batik Painting and How it Prepared:

Batik Painting is another Indian ancient traditional art form, which is very famous at the present time also. This ancient art form is usually done on the silk fabrics and cotton. During the preparation of Batik painting, the artists use single, dual and multi-coloured vegetable dyes. After the finished work the Batik painted fabrics look beautiful, attractive and eye catching. The artists follow three main processes to complete the Batik paintings. They are dying, waxing and de-waxing.

The peculiarity of Batik Painting:

Traditionally the people decorate the house with beautiful paintings, murals, household linen, wall hangings and scarves. Especially West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Orissa are well-known places for reputed and creative designs of Batik Paintings. The artists print on the cotton cloth using the wax resist technique.

Batik is a Bengali word which means wax writing. This is Indian local form of art and dates back to two thousand years. The artists use the wax resists and rice scratch for the printing. Later the years the technique of Batik paint comes decline. But the women of the household kept the Batik paint alive as a hobby and revived in the 20th century. However, the artists of Batik paintings have needed a possess a good sense of patterns colours. The motifs used in Batik are very simple and characteristic Batik effect is created by cracking of wax on the lighter hues and the darker colours through them.

Processes of Batik Painting:

The first process of the paintings are the artists made the cotton cloth drying, ironing and stretching on a wooden frame. In the second process, the artists apply the rough charcoal sketch for the painting. In the third process, the wax mixed with resin, paraffin and yellow beeswax and the mixture poured into a brass shaped pen, which is called Tjanting. The artist used the pen to colouring space where the artist does not want the colour to appear. These patrons spread on the cloth, the artist tried it some time and wash it with warm water. This process is called de-waxing. Like this, the cloth dyed, waxed and de-waxed so many times till the entire design of Batik paint completed.

For the beautiful designs, the artist used light colours at the beginning and used dark colours at the end. This Batik painting is very attractive and catchy so that these paintings do on wall hangings, saris, shawls etc. These paintings enhanced in the rooms and they give extra attraction to the place. At present, the artists are using missions to use structures and styles in a numerous way. Anyway, at present these paints have a lot of demand and we can find them in many cloth shops throughout India.