What is block-printed batik?

Batik is a traditional Indonesian art form where patterns are created using wax resist techniques. The wax is applied to the cloth and then heated until the wax melts away leaving behind the patterned design.

This technique was developed in Indonesia over 500 years ago. In the past, this type of printing was done by hand and took many hours to complete. Today, modern equipment allows us to create beautiful designs much faster than ever before.

Batik Prints

Today, there are many different types of batik prints available. Some are made using natural dyes such as indigo and madder, while others use synthetic dyes such as acrylics and polyesters.

There are also many different ways to print these fabrics. We can either do screen printing, stencil printing, or digital printing. Each method offers its unique advantages and disadvantages.

Screen Printing

In screen printing, ink is squeezed onto a mesh screen. This screen is placed over the fabric and pressed down firmly. Ink is forced into the mesh holes and squeezes out onto the fabric below.

When the ink is dry, the screen is removed and the design is transferred to the fabric. Screen printing is one of the most popular methods used today.

Stencil Printing

In stencil printing, an image is cut out of a vinyl sheet. These sheets are then attached to the fabric using heat and pressure.

After the stencil has been applied to the fabric, ink is squirted through the openings in the stencil. As the ink passes through the stencil, it leaves a design on the fabric.

Digital Printing

With digital printing, we use computer software to create our designs. Digital printers offer a variety of options to choose from. They can produce images in any size, shape, color, or combination of colors.

The biggest advantage of digital printing is that it produces very accurate results. It is possible to print multiple copies of the same design without any problems.

What is Block Printed Batik?

Block printed batik is a type of batik that uses a special wax called “block” instead of liquid wax.

Block printing is similar to screen printing except that the wax is melted and poured into blocks rather than being squeezed through a mesh screen.

Because the wax is solid, it does not run off the fabric. Instead, it stays put and creates a permanent pattern.

How Does Block Printing Work?

To create a block-printed batik, we first prepare the fabric. First, we wash the fabric and iron it flat. Next, we apply a coat of sizing to the fabric. Sizing helps prevent the fabric from shrinking during the printing process.

Place the fabric face-down on a table covered with newspaper. A piece of wood is placed under the paper so that it doesn’t move.

Next, we pour molten wax into a metal tray. Once the wax cools, we remove the wood and paper. The wax is now ready to be applied to the fabric.

Take a brush and spread the wax evenly across the entire surface of the fabric. After the wax has cooled, we peel off the backing paper and press the waxed fabric against a clean, smooth surface.

Once the wax has hardened, we carefully lift the fabric and transfer the pattern to the fabric. To make sure the wax transfers well, we rub the back of the fabric gently with a soft towel.

Finally, we rinse the fabric thoroughly and hang it to dry.

Why Choose Block Printed Batik?

There are several reasons why you might want to try block-printed batik. One reason is that block printing is more affordable than other types of batik. Another reason is that block-printed batik is easier to work with.

It’s easy to get started. You don’t need much equipment or experience to get started.

It’s quick and simple. Because there is no messy wax running all over your workspace, you can complete a project quickly.

You have more control over the final product. With block printing, you can easily adjust the pattern as needed. This means that you can change the size, shape, color, or even add another design if desired.

You can save money. Unlike traditional batik, block-printed batik is less expensive. We sell block-printed batik at prices that are usually half the price of regular batik.

FAQs

What is block print fabric?

Block print fabrics are woven with different colored threads that create a pattern when they are cut apart. The most common types of block prints include abstracts, floral, and geometric designs.

What is block printing and why is it used?

Block printing is a form of relief printing that uses blocks of ink instead of individual dots. The process involves carving out areas of the paper with a tool called a burin. Blocks are then laid down on top of each other and pressed together. This creates a pattern of raised lines on the paper. Block printing was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439. Today, block printing is still used to create posters, greeting cards, and other items.

How do you make a batik block?

To create a block, a piece of fabric is first folded over itself several times to give it more stability. Then, a wax-covered batik tool is dipped into the wax pot and pressed against the fold. As the wax cools, it adheres to the fabric and creates a pattern.

What is the difference between block printing and batik dyeing?

Block printing uses a stencil that is cut out of paper and then pressed onto the fabric. The design is transferred through ink and creates a pattern on the surface of the fabric. Batik dyeing involves using wax-based dyes to create patterns by hand.