I have often picked up pieces on my travels that I have not fallen in love with.\nThe reasoning is that I know that there will not be another opportunity to select from such a large variety of quality pieces as this art is a specialty of that location.\nAnd so as a result of such a \u2018now or never\u2019 moment, I came to acquire a few Batik pieces in Borobudur, Java Indonesia in 2008.\nAs expected, without the hook of intense attraction, these pieces were soon forgotten and went into hibernation in my shelves. And came to life again only last month when some decor experts discussed this textile art.\nA few pictures of some pieces that I now understand better.\nSome are finely hand painted Batik (couldn\u2019t afford the superfine!), some are hybrids between handpainted and block printed and some are hand painted figurative.\nI. Textiles\na. Completely Hand Painted \u2013 Batik Tulis\n\n \n\n\n \nb. Hybrid of hand painted & block\n\n\n\n\nc. Figurative free hand painted. \nThe drawing is naive and the features of the characters is very typical and seen in all art forms in this region including puppets. \nc1: Village Scenes\n\n\n\u00a0 \nc2. War / Conquest Procession Scene\n\n \nc3. Sea Wars?\n\n\n \nWood\nIt was interesting to learn that wood can be painted using the Batik texhnique.\nA few examples:\n \n\n \n \n\u00a0\nIn Borobudur I had my very first exposure\u00a0 to Javanese Batik art.\u00a0 And as it is in every \u2018first exposure\u2019 my mind was so naive that questions did not even arise. I merely absorbed everything and went where my eyes and the saleswoman took me. With more time to dwell on their remarkable features and the differences between pieces, a curiosity arises \u2026 what were those scenes depicting\u2026 how do they work on wood \u2026.would a print emulating batik look different\u2026 and many more!\nMaybe there will be time someday to learn more!\njm\nOct 2015\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Melted-wax Art \u2013 Javanese Batik appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.