Hmong Batik Art

The Hmong are one of the hilltribes living in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. One of signatures of this group is their Batik Art used in their garments. The following photos reveal the process of creating this art. The base material is hemp and the dye is indigo. [caption id="attachment_23412" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1132s2 The Artist's Studio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23407" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1142s The Wax used for resist dyeing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23411" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1146s Hemp fibre and fabric[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23408" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1139s1 Tools - the pen& the pen holder[/caption] dsc_1133s [caption id="attachment_23414" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1138s2 Dipping the pen into melted wax[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23409" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1137s Creating the Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23413" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1136s Note how the pen is held![/caption] dsc_1140s [caption id="attachment_23417" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1145s Pre & Post dyeing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_23416" align="alignnone" width="429"]dsc_1149s The final garment - the skirt[/caption] The garment is usually crimped after the dyeing is complete and cross stitch embroidery is added. An example of a crimped skirt made out of 8 metres: [caption id="attachment_924" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Antique Crimped but non-batik Skirt of a related ethnic group the Miao from Guizhou, South West China (shown here just because the crimping effect is impressive)[/caption] Hilltribe textiles are exhibited in the wovensouls collection. Read a similar article on ajrakh block print art here. Read a similar article on the lifestyle of the Hilltribes of Northern Thailand here. Read a similar article on Nagaland Tribes here jm

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