One of three batik paintings by Chieu Shuey Fook that document kampong life, this is a domestic scene of two women producing batik. While one draws wax patterns, the other irons the wax off another piece. Several batik textiles form the backdrop of this charming work in its very appropriate batik medium. The artwork is a document of batik craft and may also be seen as an insider's comment on the artist's own use of batik in modern terms.
Chieu’s work in batik is reflective of other batik painting practitioners like Cheong Soo Pieng, his teacher, Malaysian artist Chuah Thean Teng, and Jaafar Latiff, his peer. Chieu’s other two paintings in the Singtel collection depict a farming couple and a fisherman with his simple catch. Apart from batik, Chieu has worked with metal and mixed media to create modernist compositions symptomatic of artworks from the 1970s to early 1990s in Singapore.