Simply, batik is an amazing and ancient method of color dyeing. Indonesian batik artists are well know through out the world as the best batikers. From the beautiful islands of Bali and Java young Indonesians start in their villages learning from the elders.
Batik in a nutshell
Wax is placed in specific areas on the fabric (the marble effect comes from cracking soft dry wax). Wax acts like a barrier to color dyes and allows a color to remain while the remaining non-waxed fabric absorbs the dye. After dying, wax is removed by soaking the fabric in hot water.