As part of our leaning, All Around the World, we looked at rangoli patterns, an art form native to Nepal, India and Bangladesh, in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. We designed our own patterns and then transferred our rangoli patterns onto fabric to create a batik. Batik is the art of decorating cloth by painting patterns & blocking out areas using a substance that resists dye, e.g. wax. We were shown how to create a batik using a wax work station: wax melting pots, newspaper and tjantings. The wax was melted in the controlled melting pot and then the tjantings were dipped in and then placed above a piece of fabric where a pattern was drawn.
Take a look at some of the beautiful rangoli batiks that we made!
Due to safety, we went onto create our batik using glue as our resist: Once the glue dried, we painted our rangoli patterns with fabric paints. We had to think about the different colours that are found on rangoli patterns and mix colours to create secondary and tertiary colours. Once the paint had dried, the fabric was soaked in water and wrung out so that the glue resist came off to create a batik.