How To Produce
The word “sarong” or “pareo” is the most common term used today for the traditional indigenous form of dress for both men and women in tropical climates all over the world.
Sahara sarongs are beautifully handcrafted pieces of cloth created using the ‘Batik Technique’, one of the oldest methods of decorating textiles, and absorbing the long history of Batik that relates to the heritage and traditions that are honoured around Asia.
There is nowhere in the world where the art of Batik has been developed to the highest standards as in Indonesia, where Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way.
Batik-tulis known as one of the oldest methods of decorating textile, Batik is done by applying wax on certain areas of fabrics (following the motifs designed), in order to fill in areas with particular colours preferred.
The term “tulis” means “to write”, which reflects the exact method of applying the wax as if writing on a piece of fabric, in this case using a special tool called “Canting”.
“Canting” functions as a pen to create outlines on Batik motifs. A small container of melted wax is attached to a wooden handle, with a tip/end for the wax to come out. This tip or end varies in numbers in order to create different lines on the finished Batik cloth. This method of creating Batik Tulis is the most time consuming as well as valuable due to its difficulty.
Batik-cap is created by applying motifs using stamp that is previously stamped on to the melted wax container and then stamped on to the fabric in which the Batik is to be made,”Cap” means “stamp”. Using stamp in creating Batik motifs does save time and provides more consistency on the design lines (motifs).
Colouring is done by applying wax on certain areas of fabrics (following the motifs designed),
in order to fill in areas with particular colours preferred.
In Batik, areas that are covered with wax are negative areas (the areas that will not be dyed/coloured). Wax is applied on certain areas of the fabric in order to protect the area from absorbing dyestuff (dye resistant).
The simplest colour application in Batik is when only 2 colours are used in the dyeing process. When applying 2 different colours, the lighter colour (for example, light blue) is applied onto the fabric in the first dyeing process, by covering areas to be coloured with the other darker colour
(for example, midnight blue) with melted wax.
After the fabric is dyed in light blue, the wax covering the areas for midnight blue needs to be washed away to prepare the second dyeing process (midnight blue). Fabric is dipped
into hot water which will melt the wax and then wash it through with cold water.
After the fabric is cleaned and dried, then it’s ready to be dyed with the second colour (midnight blue), by applying wax onto the light blue areas in order to protect them from absorbing midnight blue colour.
The more colours a Batik fabric has, the more time consuming the process is which will lead to a more expensive Batik piece. Many of our sarongs used with 5 or 6 different colours applied within one fabric and demand high skills and long hours of labour, resulting in each piece being a unique work of art.
Sarongs can be worn in many ways and will add originality and artistic flair to your wardrobe and are a great accompaniment to any trip. Part of the beauty of sarongs is their pure functionality and these special kinds of cloth have many secondary uses; they make colourful curtains, wall hangings, bed covers, sofa throws and pillow coverings.