D. Bali began in 2003, experimenting with natural dyes made from plant materials, this led to studying the batik process.
Batik is made by applying wax to fabric to create a pattern. After applying the wax, the fabric is dyed and when the wax is removed the pattern remains.
There are two ways to make batik. One is hand drawn (“tulis”) using a tool called a “canting” (pron. “chanting”) made of bamboo and copper. The melted wax is scooped into the copper cup which has a tiny hole like a pen with which the wax is drawn onto the fabric. Hand drawn batik is traditionally made by women.