Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A technique of resist-dyeing in which molten wax is applied to portions of a textile, using blocks or a pen-like instrument, and allowed to harden before the fabric is dyed in cold water. The dyed fabric is then treated in boiling water, allowing the wax to melt. This process may be repeated multiple times depending on the dyeing scheme required. The popular technique of Batik utlises wax-resist dyeing.