When I saw those cheerful tablecloths for the first time, I wanted to present them among knotjustyarn.com products. There are different colors and patterns to choose from, and I’m bringing some of them to you in coming weeks.
Handmade Tablecloth Techniques
Technique used to make those beautiful designs is called Batik. Batik is exciting technique, as the final piece is never the same. Hot wax is painted or stamped on fabric and then dyed. This process can be repeated couple of times to accomplish multicolored piece of art. During the last step, all wax is removed and final product is revealed with all the tiny color cracks that makes each cloth unique.
How Batik is Used to Make Tablecloths
Batik is used throughout the world. According to Wikipedia, its roots takes us to Egypt (4th century BC), where it was used to wrap mummies. Later on, batik was used in Asia, China, India and Japan. In Africa it was originally practiced in Nigeria and Senegal, but Africans used cassava starch, rice paste or mud instead of wax.
As I learned, cassava (manioc) is a woody shrub with edible starchy tuberous roots. This was only a little of Batik history. Fabric art of batik is most highly developed in the island of Java in Indonesia. We can find out a lot about this technique, its development and introduction to different parts of world, including Africa.
Stamps for batik can be made of wood, copper or foam, depending on tradition and various effects you intend to achieve. Knotjustyarn.com shows Colorful African Tablecloths were crafted using foam stamps in Ghana, Africa.