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Welcome to The Tjap!

Welcome to The Tjap, the new blog from Majestic Batiks! So why The Tjap?

Well the tjap is a pretty essential part in the batik-making process. Pronounced, chop, the tjap is handmade out of copper and is a work of art itself. The intricate designs can take up to six weeks to create from initial sketch to finished product.

To create batiks, the fabric is first scrunched on a drying mat, dyed and placed in the sun to dry. Then comes the tjap.

The intricate copper stamp is dipped in high quality wax and placed throughout the entire bolt of fabric. The quality of the wax must be very high in order to penetrate to the back of the fabric, so the design appears on both sides. You can see an entire bolt stretched out during the stamping process in the photo above.

Then the fabric is bleached, removing all the color that isn’t sealed by the wax, and dyed again. Depending on the fabric, there may be two to eight colors in any one design, but it is the tjap what preserves the design and beautiful colors we expect from our batiks.

The designs of tjap designs are as diverse as the rainbow of Majestic Batik bolts you’ll find in your local quilt shop. There are organic swirls, geometric lines, flowers, circles, pine cones. You name it, the design can probably be recreated in a tjap. You can see some of the variety in Majestic Batiks 150+ tjaps!

Just like the tjap is an essential part of batik-making, we want The Tjap to be an important part of your quilt-making. Here’s what you can expect in future articles on The Tjap:

  • FREE patterns!
  • Fun contests
  • Inspiration and ideas on how to use your batik stash
  • A sneak peak at our new fabrics
  • A behind the scenes look into batik-making

So stay tuned for more, we’ve got some great batik-making inspiration coming your way.

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