Maasai batik, women and children (blue)
This authentic Kenyan artwork depicts two Maasai women with their children. The unique Batik painting was lovingly handmade in Kenya, using traditional painting techniques. The elaborate beaded jewellery worn by the women and children is not only beautiful, but has cultural signifcance for the Maasai people. The beadwork an individual wears will signify their age and social status. Generally individuals of high social standing will wear more colorful and intricate jewelry. This stunning artwork was purchased from a market in Nairobi, Kenya
The artwork is a technique known as Batik. Batik involves wax-resist dye, applied to whole cloth. Batik is an ancient handmade fabric art that is practiced all over Africa and the world. During the batik process, hot batik wax is painted onto cloth, which is then dyed. The artwork is sold as a cloth, and is unframed. The artwork is stretched and mounted on a timber frame.