April 16, 2016
Our collection of African textiles are handmade using a Sadza Batik process by talented artisans in Zimbabwe. Uniquely these textiles are batiked using a traditional porridge instead of wax like most batiks.
What is a Sadza Batik?
Sadza is a porridge-like paste of maize or wheat-meal and a traditional staple food of Zimbabwe. This paste is used instead of batik wax. Geometric designs and African animals are painted onto the cotton. The porridge dries and cracks, then paint is applied to the fabric over the dried porridge. After heating several times to reinforce the paint colors, the textile is washed and the porridge is scraped off leaving a unique batik crackle pattern where the porridge was applied.
If you'd like to try it yourself, detailed instructions and photos can be found in this tutorial.
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