Solo or Sukurara located in Central Java was once home to the largest batik market in the world. Sadly it burnt down in 2014 and stocks of old batiks were destroyed as well as livelihoods and businesses. But the craft of batik making lives on and Solo produces an amazing mix of traditional and contemporary batik.
Batik Cap (pronounced chap). Hot wax is applied to the cloth using a copper stamp.
The cloth is then dipped in dye or the colour is painted on. After the cloth is dry the wax is removed by boiling the cloth. The areas treated with wax keep their original colour. This process is repeated as many times depending how many colours are desired. The process can take days or even weeks for more complex designs and colours.