Saturday, March 6, 2010

Last Saturday in Sri Lanka

Last Saturday our day started with a trip to the Batik Factory.

The petite young lady standing was our tour guide.

They heat three different waxes together and use the little wooden tool with metal tip to cover those areas of the fabric they do not wish to be dyed. The paint brush can be used on larger areas. This process is done each time a new color is used.

Smaller projects can be completed in a matter of days, while others take months, some even a year.

Above, you can see the procession of colors and how many times the fabrics are dyed to get a final product. Sam stated there was NO WAY he could sit that long to create anything.
Of course, we were then taken upstairs to see all their beautiful handiwork. We bought three pieces which need to be framed and then will go in our bedroom. A map of Sri Lanka.

Sam picked out the peacock.

I seem to have a thing for elephants.

As you can see here ...

... but I'll save that story for another day. Many blessings to you all, Tammy


Anonymous said...

Beautiful creations BUT I have to agree with Sam.....Way too long to create!! LOL!!
How Beautiful!!

Linda said...

Wow, that's an amazing amount of time! The art is gorgeous though. I like the pieces you chose, and can't wait to read about your elephant story.:)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful!!! I made batik for a college art class, but the detail in these is remarkable! Thank you so much for sharing them, Tammy!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Julie said...

Beautiful images, Tammy! The batik process & images took me right back to high school and learning & doing some of it in art class--fun memories!

Oh, what a wonderful time you had! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Cozy Little House said...

Boy, you guys sure did seem to have a lot of fun there! You know how to plan a vacation.

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
Thank you for this interesting post. I had no idea the batik process took so long. The pieces you all picked out will look wonderful hanging in your bedroom. Wishing you a peaceful, beautiful weekend! Vicki

Julies knitting corner said...

Hello Tammy, I am sorry for not getting back too you sooner. I wanted too thank you for taking an interest in the giveaway I had, sorry you missed it, i will be having others in the future. Very nice of you too leave lovely comments on my work, I have just been reading your blog its great with plenty of interesting storys. Thanks for shairing I will visit again. best wishes Julie.C

Melissa said...

Amazing and hard work. The patience it must take to make some of these items. I really like mine and can't wait to frame it and hang it with my "Tammy" collection of gifts:)

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....I love batik. The visit to the factory must have been so fascinating....colorful and beautiful designs. Great post. Sincerely, Susan from

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

How interesting! I wish I could be there to see how the Batik is done. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How very interesting to see how the final product comes about. Love all that you picked to bring home. Such a wonderful trip!

Thanks for the sweet comment about my new blog look ~ it took me a while!!LOL

Happy Pink Saturday!

Big TX HUgs,
Angelic Accents

Purvail said...

You have some wonderful treasures of batik. I like the elephant also....Zack looks like he wasn't sure he wanted that elephant 's trunk getting that close.. a very interesting blog again
lol Aunt elaine

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Lovely post and photos today and thank you for sharing.
It must have been great to visit the Batik factory and see how it is made.
I love elephants too.

Happy weekend

Kate said...

When your blog came up and I heard Louie in the background I got all choked up, I love this song. The beauty in this post was truly a real treat. I too want to hear the elephant story. I am arabic and my father was born & raised in Kuwait, how neat that I finally am learning a bit about it through your blog. ( I'm adopted) Thank you for stopping by and leaving your warmth on my page.

Sending a hug to you

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Oh Tammy, I've been behind on my blog reading this week (trying to catch up on my book reading) and what a joy to see all the photos from your trip. It looks and sounds like a wonderful time! You have a wonderful family too.

Anonymous said...

Great pics, Tammy! Thanks for sharing!! Sheryll

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Wow, what beautiful handiwork. It is sad that oftentimes these days people are too "busy" to really put a lot of effort into creating beauty...we live in such a "want it now" type of world. It is refreshing to see that beautiful quality products are still being made!

Blessings, Grace

Claus said...

Wonderful and beautiful souvenirs!! :-o I like the map especially, as I have a thing for maps, just as you have a thing for elephants, which are, by the way, very cute :-)

Anonymous said...

What wonderful things you had to do in Sri Lanka. I cannot even imagine the talent and patience involved in dying those fabrics into such beautiful pictures. I am thinking back to that day when we tie dyed tshirts in my driveway. I've got a lot of work to do before I could do anything like what you bought. HA!
I am thinking the pictures you bought will add a new level of unique to your apartment. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!

Love ya,

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