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Object Number 1986.137.0001 a-e
Object Name Sample, Textile
Date 1900-1950
Culture Southeast Asian, Indonesian, Javanese
Description 4/12 Resist exh. label copy: Textile samples showing the batik process
Indonesian, first half 20th century
Cotton, wax
In Indonesia, batik can be made either by drawing ink on by hand or by using a printing block. batiks drawn by hand are known as "tulis" and the more highly prized examples. a tjanting is the traditional tool used to draw on the wax. a copper reservoir holds the liquid wax, which is applied using the spout. there can be more than one spout, as many as six can be present.
This series of textile samples demonstrates the steps required to create multicolored batiks. The wax is applied to both sides of the fabric. After each dye bath, the wax is removed then reapplied in preparation for the next color.
Gift of Lowell O. Mellen, KSUM 1986.137.1a-e
Batik tools (tjanting or canting)
Indonesian, first half 20th century
Copper, bamboo
In Indonesia, batik can be made either by drawing ink on by hand or by using a printing block. Batiks drawn by hand are known as "tulis" and are the more highly prized examples. A tjanting (or canting) is the traditional tool used to draw on the wax. A copper reservoir holds the liquid wax, which is applied using the spout. There can be more than one spout - as many as six can be present.
Gift of Lowell O. Mellen, KSUM 1986.137.1a-e

Tjanting--Copper reservoir in reed handle, various spout types, set of waxed and dyed cotton samples illustrating batik process.
Material Copper/Reed/Cotton
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Lexicon sub-category Textileworking T&E
Credit line gift of Lowell O. Mellen
Exhibit History-Exhibit # 171