Saturday, September 20, 2008

Batik Egg

Melanie asks: "What is Batik?"

That's a good question. The birdhouse picture I posted on September 6th is batik on 10oz duck canvas and it's about 2'x3'.

Batik is a method of fabric dying in which hot wax is put onto the fabric in the desired design. Then the fabric is dyed. The dye will color the fabric where it is not covered with wax. On the wax covered part, it will bead up and not get on the fabric. After the fabric is rinsed, the wax is removed, leaving the design in the original color of the fabric and the rest in the color of the fabric when dyed.

Different colors can be built up by applying wax again, adding to the design, and then dying again. The second part of the design will be in the first dyed color, the part still unwaxed will be the color of the fabric with two dye applications. The dye is additive, so it gets darker, or, if the first application is yellow and the second application is red, the second color on the fabric is orange(if the fabric was white to start).

This is a traditional method of dying fabric in Malaysia, India, and Africa. In Africa, mud is sometimes used instead of wax and the fabric is called mud cloth.
This dye method is also used to dye egg shells that have been blown out and are hollow. Ostrich eggs, as well as chicken eggs are used.
This is not what my father did with the Ostrich egg I had shipped from The O.K. Corral Ostrich Farm in Rancho Oro California. The egg arrived in Nevada, in great shape.

I highly recommend OK Corral for their product and great service.
My father was not home when it arrived. I called and my mother asked me what she should do with it. I said:
"Put it in the refrigerator." She replied:
He hard boiled it and my mother made egg salad.

A lot of egg salad.

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