Comparison on the performance of outlining material in batik painting between paraffin and gel wax-resist technique. The traditional batik use paraffin wax to avoid color in some area before painting the unique design of batik. Therefore, batik creation required a highly skilled worker. For batik rookie, there is a problem of using Tjanting needles and controlling wax-resist outlining shape because of the inappropriate wax temperature. This study thus focuses on the performance comparison between Paraffin Wax-Resist and Gel Wax-Resist including batik equipment, process of work, fast production process, technique, cost and convenience. The result shows that Gel Wax-Resist is very comfortable to use and also be able to separate color with good quality. Use of Gel Wax-Resist is easily to control the direction of pattern writing. It can facilitate those who do not have the basics of batik writing is able to write batik immediately from the first time. It is also reducing the process, the materials and equipment. By using the new writing process, the batik work piece is crafty. The candle flare is equivalent to the traditional writing process and may be better in sharp contrast. It is necessary that the new process still exposes the uniqueness as the traditional one. The results of this study show that the batik making is easier which is a new choice for those who are interested. And the most important thing of this study is transmission of cultural heritage of the Batik art keep going on the way of cultural preservation.
Sarath Simsiri, Event and Exhibition Design Department, Suan Dusit University, Thailand
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