The history and customs of many cultures have been expressed through textiles for centuries. In Southeast Asia, batiking has been the medium for fabric design for almost 2,000 years. While in Bali, I had the opportunity to learn about batiking fabrics, and though most of the designs there showcase mythical themes, I wanted to make something more personal. Sitting on a grass mat under a mango tree, amongst the roving chickens and dogs, I created my own personal history through batiking.
Traditionally, the technique entails using wax to block the dyes used to color the fabric. I used wax and shades of cold-water dye on cotton fabric.