National Geographic : 1951 Jan
22 2 Java's Batik Artists Create Designs on Cotton with Wax and Dye Protective wax, applied to the fabric, prevents the dye from penetrating noncolor areas. After dipping, the wax is boiled off. For each fresh color, the process is repeated. Women (above) outline designs with tiny tubes of wax. Men use large brass stamps. The pair on the right cover one area in two stampings.