This Ivory Coast batik panel of an elephant is hung on bamboo rods along top and bottom, with a small loop on the top for easy hanging on the wall.
The essence of the batik process is to produce a design on textiles through the use of a dye-resist. The resist usually wax prevents the dye from penetrating the covered areas of the fabric thus creating a pattern in negative. Additional wax is added to embellish the design or preserve areas in the color of the initial dye bath. The cloth is then dipped in a second dye bath. This process is repeated a number of times depending on the number of dyes involved. Producing a high quality piece of batik fabric is time-consuming and requires a high degree of skill.
Approximately 34.5" long and 17" wide.