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The beggining of the fashion batik art

After 5 months of silk scarves, I've began on working on my big goal of making garments out of my batik art. These are some of the ideas I've worked on. The first 2 ideas are inspired by the colorful way that Ugandan baskets are made, I'm trying to fuse this art into a fashion product. Actually I have the same approach as the basket weavers do ie making a plan of how different colors will follow along one repeated line. The third idea involved the use of dots as I waxed.


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