Adire Eleko and Batik at GTBank Fashion Weekend. Part 2

November 16, 2016 , 0 Comments

Like I said in part 1 of this post that we are talking about the two types of Ty-Dye that was showcase at GTBank Fashion Weekend. In part 1 we discussed about Adire Eleko [Pap Ty-Dye] read Adire Eleko and Batik at GTBank Fashion Weekend Part 1 for details.

Now let's talk about Batik. According to Mr. Omotayo a Batik creative designer at Nike Gallery, Batik is technical wax pattern design made on 100% cotton fabric.

"Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique." - Wikipedia.

"The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot." -

Mr. Omotayo explained briefly how to make Batik designs, he said first you would have wax boiled on a gas cooker or stove which ever you prefer, once the wax turns liquid you will use a foam already shaped in pencil form to touch the hot wax and apply on your fabric which is already spread on the table. You can use the wax to draw any pattern of your choice.

This is the result you will get.


1. Only use the tip of the foam to touch the hot wax so as to avoid getting your fingers burnt.

2. Do some practice with paper before using fabric to avoid damage of fabric.

1. BOIL your wax.

2. Spread your whole cloth on a wide spread table.

3. Get a small foam and shape it to pencil form.

4. Apply the wax on the fabric using the pencil form shaped foam to touch the wax carefully while it is on the gas cooker or stove, to make any design of your choice on your all ready spread whole fabric.

According to Mr. Omotayo, if you want to make two colour designs first you will Dye the fabric first and apply your wax designs afterwards or use the hot wax to draw your designs on the fabric first and dye afterwards. The part of the cloth covered in wax or designed in wax will resist the dye and remain the original colour of the cloth.

And you will get this result

Picture credit: Pinterest

Below are pictures of Mr. Omotayo in motion. One of Nike Gallery Batik Creative Designer

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