This handmade batik painting is also a 2-pocket letter holder. At the center is the face of the Monkey King, a very popular character from Chinese classic literature Journey to the West. Journey to the West is a fictionalized account of the transmission of Buddhism from India to China, incorporating a fantastic narrative of a monk's journey to receive the Buddhist scriptures while beset by demons and aided by spiritual guides.
Two Chinese characters Shen Hou are stamped on the painting, which stand for the name of Monkey found in the Chinese Zodiac. Two playful little monkeys are painted on each pocket of the letter holder.
Batik is a traditional method of producing colored designs on textiles with dyes, having first applied a wax covering to the parts to be left uncolored. China has been producing batik crafts for over 2000 years, and we are proud to share this tradition with you now.
Genuine batik has no machined substitutes; all of our items are 100% hand-made using a traditional technique. Because the wax cover often cracks slightly during the dye process, some dye will seep through the cracks, forming a unique pattern within the un-dyed area. It is known in China as the Ice Pattern," as it typically looks like the cracks found in ice cubes. These patterns are like fingerprints; no two genuine batik crafts will share the same pattern. If they do, you can be sure that the items are not genuine batik but are printed in factories.