Taking an Ancient Art and Turning it into something New

The term "Batik" is an Indonesian-Malay word. Batik is a process of decorating cloth by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the cloth that dates as far back at the 7th century. 

The waxed areas keep their original colour and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas gives the pattern.

The art of batik is a three-stage process of waxing, dyeing and dewaxing (removing the wax). There are also several sub-processes like preparing the cloth, tracing the designs, stretching the cloth on the frame, waxing the area of the cloth that does not need dyeing, preparing the dye, dipping the cloth in dye, boiling the cloth to remove wax and washing the cloth in soap. The characteristic effects of the batik are the fine cracks that appears in the wax, which allow small amounts of the dye to seep in. Batik wax exercises an important function in the process of batik printing. Proper usage of wax results into an impeccable batik work. 30 per cent beeswax and 70 per cent paraffin wax are generally applied. During application wax should not be overheated or it will catch fire. The common batik fabrics that make for excellent batik prints are cambric, poplin, voiles, and pure silk are used. Natural colors derived from barks of trees, leaves, flowers and minerals were used.

Today, tjaping with a copper block is also used to create larger sheets of batik printed fabric.  A fast drying cotton worn around South East Asia is chosen for its breathability and light weight nature. We've carefully selected a series of vintage fabric usually used for traditional garb and sarongs and given it an update - lightweight summer shorts with opulent prints. Shop the selection here

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