The late Ann Dunham began purchasing the hand-dyed textiles when she lived in Indonesia in the 1960s.
The colorful fabrics — known as batiks — are created by covering portions of cloth with molten wax, dying the cloth, and then scraping and re-applying more wax in different patters. The cloth is then dipped into a different color dye. These processes are repeated to produce intricate patterns and colors.
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