The beautiful and unique batik designs on Parios or T-shirts are made by using a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to a whole piece of fabric, usually made out of cotton or Rayon.
The Batik patterns are made by printing the resist with a stamp called “cop”.
Firstly, the batik fabric is carefully laid on a table top that is equipped with a thin sponge layer beneath a vinyl covering.
The custom-made copper or tin stamps are dipped in a shallow tray of hot and liquid wax and carefully pressed onto the fabric. This process is repeated until the fabric is decorated with the desired arrangement of one or several motifs.
The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
Printing blocks from the past were made out of real copper and are difficult to find today. From Kia’s private collection, cap copper printing blocks with traditional batik patterns are on display in her boutique.
Kia Klemenz Gifts & Souvenirs boutique has a wide selection Batik designs in various colors, of fabrics made out of cotton voile, Premium Rayon Parios, Cotton T-shirts.