Working with copper tjaps

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tjaps are traditional copper tools used primarily for batik printing on fabric.

These tools are handcrafted in Indonesia, particularly Java region.

Being an old art that is being replaced by modern machinery, the tjaps are not being produced like they used to be.  I am grateful to receive a few tjaps in my possession.

They are a piece of art in themselves, taking many hours (and in some cases days) to produce them with a flat even surface that facilitates good clear prints.

Working with tjaps and wax and dye is also an art in itself.  Too much wax and you get a glug;  too little and a whisper image can only be discerned.

 I am pretty excited by these two results that emerged onto habotai silk.

 

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