If you are mesmerized by the beauty of batik fabrics, you'll be in awe of the process of their creation. Batik is a process of fabric dying. Using a type of hot wax or paste, a pattern is applied to cloth. After the paste or wax has dried, the fabric is dyed. The areas that have wax or paste on them resist the dye and retain the original color of the fabric. After the dye has been properly set so it will be colorfast, the wax or paste is removed from the cloth. (From Focus on Batiks by Jan Bode Smiley)
The most common areas of batik production are in Indonesia, Africa, Southeast Asia, and India. The majority of the batiks found at QuiltEssentials are imported from the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia and are produced by hand.
The beauty of batik combines with unique properties you are sure to enjoy. Since the fabric is submerged in a dye bath, it is dyed all the way through the fabric. Screen printed fabrics have color and design on only one side of the fabric. Batiks don't have a right or wrong side. The reversibility is a convenience plus in cutting and piecing.
Batiks mix well with other fabrics - the versatility is endless.