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Ivory Coast Batik Village Life panel #038

This large Ivory Coast batik panel features a beautiful scene of typical village life and activities with a villager pounding millet and another one transporting ingredients. 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".