Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Fruits? Not for eating only.

It is interesting to read in the New Straits Time today that fellow Malaysian, Abdul Aziz Awang of Kota Kraf Batik, has successfully used dye produced by boiling the skins of local fruits for at least 12 hours, in his batik work.

So, how successful is he? His fruity dyed batik are priced between RM150 and RM2,500 a metre and he has royals from several states buying from him. He is also good enough to travel to Tokyo, Jakarta and Bangkok to share his natural dye producing technique.

Want to try it yourself? Here are some tips he has given:

Preparing :
1) Washed the skin of fruits to be used thoroughly.
2) Cut into small pieces.
3) Boiled for at least 12 hours.
4) The dye is ready for use once it has cooled down.

Tips On Colours

The colour of the dye improves the longer you boil them.

Type of Fruits and Colours Produced
Mangosteen - Dark purple
Rambutan - Black, grey and brown
Langsat - Light yellow
Turmeric - Orange and yellow.

Other Material and Colours Produced
Lingzhi mushroom - Green, orange, dark brown, grey and black
Coral - Pearly colour
Indigo plant - Dark blue
Bark and root of Mengkudu (Morinda tree) - Red

What to learn from the professional? This is possibly where batik artist, Abdul Aziz Awang, learn some of his tricks from:

Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
21 KM 6.8 KG KOTA

Another possible venue to find out where else you can learn this craft:

Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia
Kompleks Budaya Kraft Kuala Lumpur
Section 63, Jalan Conlay
Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan
50450 Malaysia
Tel : 03-2162-7533
Fax : 03-2162-2181

Not into batik painting? There are other surfaces to experiment painting on. How about egg or wool?

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