Sunday, October 26, 2014

What are Batiks and Why Do We Love them so Much?

At, we love batiks and we stock mainly Hoffman batiks.  This is because we find Hoffman batiks to be of the highest quality, richest colors, bleed less and portray wonderful designs.

The official definition of batik, a noun, is a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water.

The designs we often see on batiks is achieved through the use of metal plates with wooden handles that are used to place the hot wax onto the fabric.  Then the fabric is submerged into a dye bath.  The fabric under the wax resists the dye and remains the color is was before the dye bath.  Hot water is used to remove the wax from the fabric.  The fabric is then dried in the tropical sun with assistance from the trade winds of Bali.

As we see multiple colors on these lovely batiks, the above described process is repeated as many times as necessary.

Even today, most of the beautiful batiks we use in our projects are created by hand.

Another unique feature of batik fabrics is that they are the same front and back.  If you have ever experienced that “oops” moment when you were supposed to be sewing right sides together and realized you had wrong sides together or right side to wrong side, this won’t be an issue with batiks because right side and wrong side are the same!

I hope this gives you a renewed appreciation for batiks.  If you haven’t used batiks in your projects, I encourage you to give them a try, they’re fabulous to work with!

I used to think that a project done in batiks needed to be done completely in batiks and a project done in screen prints, needed to be done completely in screen prints.  Recently, I tried mixing batiks with screen prints, and I am very pleased with the result.

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