Sadza Arts & Craft
outdoor - occasionally
indoor - occasionally
The crackles on every batik are as unique as your fingerprints!
A good alternative to the wax resist method, wheat flour is not only environmentally friendly but also much easier to handle than hot wax. We call it "sun dried & oven baked goodness"! What is a Sadza Batik? The traditional 'sadza' batik technique involves applying a porridge-like paste of maize or wheat-meal onto dyed fabric.
Why do we use porridge?
- Sadza porridge is an innovative Shona art medium.
- When designs are drawn onto the fabric and sun dried, the batik is stretched and this cracks the dried porridge.
- Paint is applied to the fabric and the batik is heated several times to reinforce the colours at 120 degrees for 15-20 minutes. This is done to make sure that our products are machine washable.
- After this process, the batik is then soaked & the wheat flour/porridge is scraped off with a knife.
- Note: The areas where the porridge is applied resist the paint!
- This creates a unique crackle effect which makes every batik truly unique.
- Finally, each product is monitored and controlled for quality purposes.
- fabric decor items in African Batik style:
- throw pillow cases
- table runners