The Batik medium is an ancient process. The origins of this form of art can be traced to early Mesopotamian cultures in the area of the world which is now modern day Iraq. The techniques developed then are still in use in the creative process done by the Goldfarbs.
Batik is a subtractive hand dying process using wax as a resist to the colorful dyes being used. The "canvas" for the pictures is 100% cotton sheeting and is by the end of the first stages of dying inundated with wax. A final dying process is done to the art piece, which produces the signature crackle effect, that is characteristic of the medium. The last stage of the process is the removal of the wax by heating the piece and extracting much of the wax. Under the wax is revealed the finished beautiful artwork.