Hand Dyed Batik with Five Giraffe and an Acacia Tree
Size of Batik:
Height: 30 inches
Length: 46½ inches
The colors on the wall hanging are depicting the sunset casting the five giraffes into silhouette. The trees in the batik are Acacia trees. The colors are very vibrant and typically African.
Batiking is a method of dyeing in which patterned areas are covered with wax so they will not receive the color. The method is used mainly on cottons and in the traditional colors of blue, brown, and red. Multicolored and blended effects are obtained by repeating the dyeing process several times, with the initial pattern of wax boiled off and another design applied before re-dyeing.
The rod is not included. Since all the batiks are handmade no two will ever be exactly the same. All these batiks have tabs/loops sewn on to the top.
This batik is handmade and dyed in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Swaziland is a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. Despite the modernization of their nation the Swazi people have retained strong ties to their culture and traditions. One tradition that has continued in rural areas is the handing down of basket-weaving skills from mother to daughter. Historically, crafts produced in Swaziland were functional tools for use in the home. Over the years as modernization has enveloped the nation, the rich craft tradition has evolved from functional to decorative. Swazi baskets known as " titja" were traditionally woven from reeds and palms and used as food bowls. While the basic technique remains, dyed sisal is now used to weave titja in colorful and intricate patterns. Basket weaving has therefore become an artistic rather than functional medium.
The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species, and the largest ruminant. The giraffe's scientific name, which is similar to its antiquated English name of camelopard, refers to its irregular patches of color on a light background, which bear a token resemblance to a leopard's spots. The average mass for an adult male giraffe is 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lb) while the average mass for an adult female is 830 kilograms (1,800 lb). It is approximately 4.3 metres (14 ft) to 5.2 metres (17 ft) tall, although the tallest male recorded stood almost 6 metres (20 ft).
The giraffe is related to other even-toed ungulates, such as deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting of only the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi. Its range extends from Chad in Central Africa to South Africa. Giraffes usually inhabit savannas, grasslands, or open woodlands. However, when food is scarce they will venture into areas with denser vegetation. They prefer areas with plenty of acacia growth. They will drink large quantities of water when available, which enables them to live for extended periods in dry, arid areas.
The giraffe is one of only two living species of the family Giraffidae, along with the okapi. The family was once much more extensive, with numerous other species.
Umbrella Thorn Acacia is one of the most recognizable trees of the African savanna.
The Umbrella Thorn grows up to 20 meters high and has a spreading, flat-topped crown that gives it its name. The bark on the Acacia is black to gray in color and feels rough. The branches on the Acacia are gnarled. The Umbrella Thorn has two types of thorns on the branches; long, straight, brownish thorns and shorter, hooked thorns that grow alongside each other. The thorns grow in pairs and disguise themselves in the clusters of flowers that grow on the Acacia.
The Acacia provides shade for the animals of the savanna. The trunk of the tree makes very good charcoal and firewood. The flowers on the Acacia provide a good source of honey in some regions. The stem of the tree is used to treat asthma, and diarrhea. The bark of the acacia is used as a disinfectant, and the pods are used to make porridge.
The Acacia is not endangered, and it is actually plentiful. There are over 700 species of the Acacia in Africa