Tag: African

wax-resist patterns and African fabrics on homewares, art and markets across London

(On homewares: a lampshade by Natalie Manima of bespokebinny.com costs £55)

Let’s start with wax resist

Wax resist — aka batik — is a very old way to make fabrics. It began in Indonesia, got mechanised in Europe and the patterns became wildly popular in West Africa.

Right, tell me more

Etched rollers print designs in wax on cotton cloth. The waxed parts then ‘“resist” the dye, leaving a pattern, with more detail printed on top.

Personally, I’m more interested in the result

Well a lovely artisan effect usually has a bit of “crackle” where dye seeps through the wax.

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