Wax Americana: Batik in the USA

Hubbell, Leesa
October 2007
Surface Design Journal;Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p14
Trade Publication
The article traces the development of batik in the U.S. Textile historian Abby Lillethun argues in her dissertation "Batik in America: Javanese to Javanesque, 1893 to 1937" that batik went into the country through various sources. One source was through travel, when officials from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts imported batiks to the U.S. as part of the high-brow ethnographic circus in Chicago. The county has been using wax resist as medium for long years.


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