Soy Wax: The Greening of Batik

Bowen, Dorothy Bunny
October 2007
Surface Design Journal;Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p22
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the advantages of using soy wax for batik. Soy wax is a hydrogenated form of soy oil which was developed by Michael Richards, owner of a candle-making company, in early 1990s. It usually washes out of lighter weight cotton and silk, allowing the artist to avoid dry cleaning. Soy wax is best applied to stretched fabric and dyed by direct application rather than immersed. According to the author, soy wax seems to offer the artist a green alternative to paraffin.


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