Amy does a textile dyeing technique known as batik with pigment dyes and wax in her garage. She starts with white fabric and applies wax to save this color. The fabric is then dyed the lightest color and dried. More wax is applied to hold this color and is dyed the next color up. When this is dried, more wax is applied and it is dyed another color. (Wax, dye, dry. Wax, dye, dry. etc.) When the colors are done being dyed, the wax is then removed. This can be wall art, or made into clothing.
Java is credited with inventing this process and it has crossed into other cultures.
A similar process is used in making “pysanky”, intricate and colorfully dyed eggs made in traditional Ukrainian designs using wax and dyes.