Batik is an ancient and unique art form. It can be both primitive and modern, bold and detailed. It has a flexibility and a brilliance that few other media can claim. The technique is a difficult one and takes many years to master. The picture, with its various colors, must be planned in its entirety before the process is begun. Unlike other media, any mistakes made in batik cannot be corrected, thus the need for a very skilled hand and eye. Particular care must also be taken in the choice of fabric, wax and dye. There are several steps in the creation of a batik. Each color achieved requires a double process—waxing and dying. The artist works from light to dark, with the wax and dye process repeated until the batik is completed. The challenge for the artist is to create fine and clean details.