Batik Stamps

Batik Stamps – Cap

Originally ladies applied hot, molten wax  to the material in dots with a stick, a canting,  which limited the batik makers to simple designs and it was  slow.

In about 1845 the Javanese invented the cap, Batik Stamps, made of red copper, which is still used today, and they are collected as works of art in their own right. The pattern is formed from thin metal bands, secured to a frame, to which a handle is attached.

The structure was inspired by European wood-block printing stamps.

A good eye is needed to ensure that the impressions of the Batik Stamps are properly aligned.

The cap process was revolutionary and enabled a batik maker to wax many cloths a day – maybe up to eight. Speeding up the process made the textiles cheaper. It probably saved the batik industry in the face of increasing competition from imports of cheap European imitation batik.

Javanese batik was now set to go commercial.

Read more about it in Murni’s ebook: From Tattoos to Textile, Murni’s Guide to Asian Textiles All You Need to Know…And More

Batik Stamps

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