Mini Black Craquelure
Mini Black Craquelure
Mini Black Craquelure
Mini Black Craquelure

Mini Black Craquelure

Regular price
$60.00
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$60.00

This original one-of-a-kind set of three original watercolour is an abstraction on the background pattern of the Malay batik sarong, produced though the "retak seribu" technique. "Retak seribu" is Malay for "a thousand cracks." Batik makers will dye a piece of fabric in one colour and then cover it in a layer of wax. After the wax has hardened, the fabric is crumpled so that the wax breaks and forms "a thousand cracks." When the fabric is dyed a second time, only parts of the fabric along the cracks where the wax has broken will take on colour, producing this intricate and complex craquelure. This has always been my favourite batik pattern - abstract, hard to control and beautiful even though it came from something broken in a thousand places.

Set of three artworks measures 6" X 8" each, fits within standard 5" X 7" frames.