Batik is a very old technique used around the world to dye fabric. It is also called "resist" dying because successive colors are layered over wax or starch. Emersion in the dye bath causes the wax/starch to crack, giving handmade batiks that distinctive weblike look. Removing the wax/starch for the addition of each color results in every batik being totally unique. Contrary to popular belief, the African continent is covered with only about 10% "jungle." More characteristic is desert or arid plain, so getting enough water for daily use is a monumental task for women and children who's menfolk are away working in the cash economy. This batik captures a woman and child carrying jugs of the precious liquid on one of those long walks. Dyed cotton, Handcrafted in Kenya. Privately collected prior to 2007.