Wax, heated to 100°C and maintained at this temperature,
forms a water-tight barrier when applied to woven fabric. The initial
design is laid down in wax using brush or tjanting. When immersed
in dye, the material absorbs colour, except where it is protected
by the wax. More wax is applied to the design to seal and protect
areas of colour and to add to texture and design. Immersion in another
dye creates further colour. This overlaying process of wax and repeated
dyeing takes place several times until the piece is complete.
fabric can be ironed at various stages and the protective layers
of wax removed, so that when it is re-waxed and re-dyed overlapping
patterns are laid down creating added depth and three dimensional
The final impact of the work is brought out most clearly
when the work is displayed with light behind it, whether natural
or artificial. This has the effect of 'pushing out' the colours,
layers and textures inherent in the work.
It is a long and detailed process with each stage
applied by hand. Each work is therefore unique and cannot be reproduced
or even repeated exactly.