Batik, originating in Indonesia, is a technique of hand-dyeing fabric by using wax to protect parts of the fabric from the dye. Once the dye has set the wax is removed by boiling the fabric in water. The process is repeated with various colours to complete the design of the print. Some of the Batik motifs used in the collection are part of the collection of the Ethnographic Museum in Antwerp home to a vast collection of original Javanese batiks including designs reserved for the Javanese Royal family of the time.
IkatIkat, originating mainly in India and Pakistan, is a weaving technique for which yarn is first tie-dyed and then woven to create an intricately detailed fabric. There are three predominant methods of producing Ikat, before weaving either the warp (the length) or warp (the width) yarns are tie-dyed to create warp Ikat or weft Ikat, or both are coloured to create double Ikat.
An object is used to stamp identical and repeated designs onto a material or fabric. Woodblock was first devised for letterpress printing by the Chinese over two thousand years ago and later evolved in India and China as a technique for printing motifs and colours on fabrics. It remains in daily use today.