The Mohina Tunic

November 03, 2018
The Mohina Tunic

Traditional batik hand block printing is done with a wooden block with a hand carved pattern on one side. The block is first dipped in wax and then stamped onto the fabric. The cloth is dyed and then submerged in hot water to remove the wax and reveal the design.

Artisan applies design using hand-carved blocks.

The artisans have experimented with other creative techniques, using a variety of brushes. Here they have found a new use for a broom made from the thin stems of the coconut leaves, which is generally used to sweep outdoors. They dip the tip of the broom in wax and splatter the wax on the fabric to get this random spotted effects. The fabric is then dyed and the wax removed in very hot water.

Artisan spreads fabric across a table in preparation for the application of wax.

The fabric is stretched on the table, the broom is dipped in wax and drops of wax are scattered on the fabric.

Drops of wax applied to fabric using a slender broom.

It is then dyed. This is the technique used to create the fabric for the Mohina Tunic pictured below.

Photo of finished Mohina Tunic.

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