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Ivory Coast Batik Mask panel #037

This large Ivory Coast batik panel features a beautiful African mask. The wax has been boiled out of this cloth so it is colorfast and will not shrink. Perfect to stretch frame or incorporate in a quilt or wall hanging.

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 45" x 35".