Batik Studio Batubulan
Bali Textile Tours will start by visiting a Batik Studio in Batubulan. Batik is a resist dyeing process in which patterns are drawn or stamped on a peice of cloth with melted wax. When the wax sets it acts as a dye-resist, so that the waxed parts of the cloth remain unaffected by the dyes. Then remove the wax by boiling the cloth. Repeat the process over and over again to achieve the desired pattern. There are two main methods to apply the wax: by hand directly and a copper stamp. Canting (pronounce “chanting”) is a method by hand using a special tool for drawing with melted wax. Copper stamp method called a cap (pronounced “chop”). In some cases to obtain desired pattern, artist uses both techniques. Traditionally, women and men use the cap to do the canting.
ATBM textile in Sidemen
You can obtain a unique experiences if you make a visit to one of these weaving factories in Sidemen. As soon as entering the gate, you will hear somewhat bizarre music. It is the sound of women weavers operates the non-mechanical weaving tools (ATBM). You can purchase their works at the showroom of each respective factory
Endek and Songket Weavers from Sidemen
Endek is weft ikat from Bali, which means that the pattern of the cloth determines by the weft threads. This kind of textiles have a long history of being associated with royalty. With a modern techniques, artist can produce Endek textiles in greater quantities, hence now widely available.
Songket is a term which refers to cloths with supplementary weft threads, often metallic. Songket textiles are often stunning examples of the weaver’s art. It is a term used to describe those textiles which are decorated with intricate patterns during a secondary weaving process. The production process can involve entire families or work groups. This technique is a very complicated and time-consuming production process. Even expert weavers usually refer to samples of existing cloth in order to properly “program” the setup of the looms. The results are spectacular and you will see it often when visiting Bali. These cloths are special for use in ceremonies and for decorating a ritual spaces. In Balinese custom, we never tailor these textiles, but rather drape, wrap or tie beautifully around the body.
Geringsing, or double-ikat and it is perhaps the most famous textile in Bali. This technique applies both the warp and weft threads dyed to their final designs before weaving. This weaving technique only exist in the small Bali Aga village of Tenganan, East Bali.