This beautiful batik banner was made in Bali in Indonesia by a group of women from the Ubud region.
Batik is a resist-dye process. Wax is applied in the design or areas that stay white, such as the drawing of the pattern itself. The dyes are painted on and blended. The dyes do not cross over the wax lines. Once the dyes are permanent, the wax is removed and the banner is spread out to dry. This time-honored, hand-made process is what renders the amazing detail and watercolor look to the fabric.
Once dry, the banner is hemmed by village craftswomen. Machine-washable on a cold water cycle and machine-dry on gentle.
Alive measures 35-1/2 inches wide with a 1-3/4 inches top hemmed pocket for a rod or dowel by 35-1/4 inches long.
The word mandala comes from a Sanskrit word for circle. Different mandalas mean different things and have different purposes depending upon the design and its geometry, the colors and the cultural interpretation. Most often, it is used for purposes of meditation as a point of focus. The mandala embraces the sacred order of things on a cosmic and psychic level.