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Batik / Gyotaku

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blue gyotakuCranes II ©Cheetah Batik ©Please note that images are displayed in square format. In reality, some are square, most are rectangular.

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from Wikipedia:

Gyotaku (Japanese ??, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”) is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an artform on its own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyotaku

Batik  is a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting  also spelled tjanting), or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap  also spelled tjap). The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batik