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Batik Brown/Green Clutch Bag - Rwandan Handmade One-of-a-Kind

$ 22.00

Rwandan Batik Cotton Fabric Clutch Bag w/Shoulder Handle. This fun, unique Batik clutch bag is handmade using a waxed fabric technique (Batik), creating a vibrant African cotton print. Lined with a coordinated solid dark brown cotton. Inside zipper pocket for keys or change. Great attention to detail - flap secures with a rolled paper and fabric covered bead through an intricate woven circle, using Rwanda's ancient basket weaving tradition. 

Size: 5" x 8 1/2" inches
Print Patterns: Batik Green w/Brown Zigzag
Material: Cotton - Hand Waxed Technique to Create Pattern on Cotton Fabric

Each unique - no two are exactly alike
Care: Spot clean with soap and water
Handmade by the Women of Gahaya Links Under Fair Trade Practice.

WHAT IS BATIK:
BATIK is both an art and a craft. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practiced for centuries. 

To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original color. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate, vibrant colors and design motifs.

The wax prints are part of a nonverbal way of communication among African women, and hereby they carry their message out into the world. Some wax prints can be named after personalities, cities, building, sayings or occasions.

Contemporary batik, while owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles. For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics.

Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way.


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