I know all of you avid lonelydinosaur blog readers are falling over your(lonely)self to know about the crafts and textiles we saw being created on our Bali sojourn, so please enjoy the following photos with minimal interruption from me (I am hoping to catch up with Halloween by Friday!):
Women touching up batik stamps with hot wax!
Batik'd silk after one layer of dye
One of the many stamp designs that were meticulously carved.
The stamp is placed in hot wax and then carefully lined up and stamped on the fabric
A drying piece with intricate designs and colors
Hanging above a tank of indigo dye
The window looked like a photo on the wall
We visited a textile factory with all sorts of looms
Fancy meal at a fancy hotel
Working on a double ikat weaving
This technique is insane, if i understood correctly, the design is painted on the warp and weft before it is woven together. And if that's not right, than it is probably something even harder.
I believe each of these pieces was around $600-$400, depending on how long you haggled for.
One of the oldest towns in Bali
Back to Batiking: I believe they dip the dyed fabric into boiling water to melt the wax out, and then into a boiling concoction that makes the dyes stay.
And then into a cold water rinse.
Stan hard at work
Shana perfecting her art
They made us lunch!