The cotton material for Batik work requires a good finish, needs to be reasonably pliable and be able to accept the resist in order to prevent dye penetration. The Bleached Cotton, the Javanese Primissima and the Javanese Prima all meet this requirement.
We recommend both the Primissima and Prima material for more detailed Batik work and fabric painting as they are more finely woven and provide a smooth surface on which to decorate.
Our Calico fabric, which is available on a roll, is the most economical way of buying cotton fabric for courses held in workshops and in the classroom.
An alternative to cotton fabric is Silco which is a finely woven combination of 57% silk and 43% cotton.
All the cotton fabrics respond well to Fibre Reactive Procion MX Dyes, and the more finely woven Prima and Primissima cotton fabrics are smooth enough to be painted using any of the fabric paints.
Before dyeing, it is important to check whether fabric is ‘Prepared for Dyeing’ (PFD) or requires scouring to remove any grease, oil or starch. Run a few droplets of cold water onto the fabric. If they soak in quickly, no scour is necessary. To remove starches, size and oils, add 5mls of Synthrapol (a non-ionic detergent) along with 2-3 litres of water for each 100gms of material. Stir gently over a 15 min period, and then rinse thoroughly in warm water. It is possible to use household detergent, but the alkaline residue may affect the final colour or wash fastness.
Most of the fabrics supplied by George Weil are prepared for dyeing, although they can pick up grease and residue during the handling process. We therefore recommend that you follow the above directions before proceeding with your project.
Ink Jet Printable Cotton Fabric
The print-on, paper backed cotton can be used with images from scanned photos, digital cameras, web pages, clip art, paint and draw programs and photo CDs. The prints are hand washable, very light fast and retain suppleness. They can be cut-out and can be stuck on using bondaweb or fabric glue.
The Bubble Jet Set 2000 enables you to treat your own fabrics for printing on an inkjet printer. Bubble Jet Set 2000 makes 100% cotton and silk fabrics suitable for inkjet printing. The fabric is soaked in the solution. and when dry, is ironed onto the shiny side of freezer paper, giving it support for feeding through an inkjet printer.