The Batik work and Tie & Dye is done in this department, where each item is treated differently and it cannot be exactly duplicated and they are purely handwork.
What is Batik?
Batik is an Indonesian word came from the work “Titik” which means one drop. i.e. a drop of hot melted wax used on the design to resist the dye.
Batik in India
From 1890-1910 people of Gujarat used Cow dung to resist dye in the art of Batik.
Batik in Ashram
In 1927 Batik was brought by Rabindranath Tagore to Shantiniketan from Indonesia and Sanjivan Biswas a student of Nandalal Bose (Shantiniketan) brought it to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Now the Batik section is an active creative section of Sri Aurobindo Ashram’s Production unit.
Tie & Dyeing
Tie and Dye is simply a method of tying or stitching fabric together to prevent absorption of the dye.
Then after removing the thread used on the design comes on the exposed parts. After the discovery of synthetic dyes the height of its popularity has been increased all over the world.
In the “Batik Works” department of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram both Batik and Tie & Dye work are done.