Skip to main content


I'm doing batik on silk scarves. Very challenging. I've not done this before. The material keeps running out of my hands, very uncontrollable. I've dip-dyed them for a start and this has a small problem - I've to re wax all areas again as the already waxed layers had become thinner/weaker.
Silk is a good material that dries fast and retains its shiny look after application of dyes and hot wax.

I've been worried about how I was going to remove the wax. Ironing is out of my list of options. The only viable option is boiling (this is a scary option because you tend to think that colors will run out). The good news is that colors have not run out, even when I rinse with cold water the fabric just becomes softer and better. This is unprecedented in my experience as a batik artist. I think it opens a door to my dream of making batik designs on fabric that can be worn. Thank God for this breakthrough.


LOLA said…
I just happened on your blog - and am also a batik artist. Just started back into doing the scarves on silk also. Have always ironed out the wax (unsuccessfully) and never boiled. But will try that now after reading your last entry. Thank you!
Lukandwa said…
Hi LOLA, I appreciate your comment. Ironing out wax is the best way with cotton fabric or if your intention is to do a wall hanging. However with silk which is suitable for wearing, boiling out wax makes the final outcome light weight. The precaution will be that before boiling or rinsing in hot water, make sure that you had effectively fixed your dyes, otherwise the colors will run out. Best wishes.

Popular posts from this blog


In this new work I'm focusing on wildlife and elephants in particular. I have done several paintings on elephants. This one is a little more interesting as it shows part of the face, particularly, the eye. Emphasis is on a network of skin wrinkles on the face of an old matriarch or the lead cow. I did it with a modern approach making it a 'modern elephant'.


This new project has 6 batiks in a set showing the rich colors and art found on the traditional Ugandan dress, the GOMESI or BUSUUTI. The women use this dress on traditional functions like weddings and introductions.The size of each batik painting is 40x30 inches. NOT FOR SALE.


This brand new batik 'AFRICAN WOMAN ' (2013) shows my fullfilled desire to escape the pain of making 'black' faces. I have always longed for figurative batik to take a centre stage in my artwork. This new year I'll have more of these and less of the 'black' empty faces. I want my characters to have a facial expression and I think with this picture finished, I'll continue to be successful.