||What is Batik ?
Indonesia is the best place I have
found for producing Batik. This nation has immense
talent and creativity, and wherever you go there is a plethora
of artisans practicing their skills on many different
mediums. One of these is the art of textile weaving called
remains one of the most important creative industries in
Textile production in the Indonesian archipelago carries a
unique and fascinating heritage. As cotton and raw silk
material is not native to S.E. Asia, it is believed that
this art was introduced by traders from southern China and
India over 2000 years.
Batik is an Asian form of textile painting where patterns
and motifs are designed in wax, then dyed onto pre-woven
cloth. There are literally thousands of patterns, designs
and motifs. All absolutely gorgeous.
In Bali each village has a particular specialty. Very often
entire communities are dependent on this art. Traditional
textile production in Indonesia is no exception and remains
village based, done primarily by the women. Each approaches
their art with the skills that have been handed down
generation after generation. Their crafts are sold both
locally, and internationally.
We have spent years searching for the the very best
producers of Batik so that each Sarong we offer is an
amazing work of art. Not everyone can duplicate the design
on a textile canvas from a photo. Our artists also use the
best paint and know how to mix these to achieve a rich and
vibrant Sarong. The families we work with are so talented
that some of the Sarongs look like a painting. This is what
makes our Batik Sarongs the most exquisite in the world.
As you can see, a lot of time is spent creating a
This long and difficult process results in a finished
product that is well worth it and you end up with a unique,
one-of-a-kind work of art. Most Sarongs have fringe on the end which is hand-tied.
Others come with no fringe.
Any inconsistencies you might find are not mistakes but
proof that this item was crafted by an individual. When you
buy our Batik Sarongs you are supporting these wonderful people,
their ‘Way of Life’ and showing your admiration for their
skills, spirit and traditions. (Take a look at our
this magical place.)
Textiles are an illustration of the diversity of Indonesian
culture. Although there are some common themes throughout
the archipelago, methods and motifs vary between regions,
and can be easily identified to the trained eye.
Traditionally, certain Sarong motifs were worn to identify the
status of the wearer.
They can also represent ceremonial customs and in some
parts have mystical attachments to fortunes and health. Ever
open to new ideas, many Indonesian designs have evolved
through outside influences, while other remain traditional.
We are especially fond of Batik, as well as Songket and Ikat.
While these dye-resist methods are the most common, other
methodology such as couching, embroidery and tapestry are
also widespread. Ikat and Songket are hand woven, usually
using either body-tension looms or shaft looms. The motif
and designs are woven into the fabric as it is made.
Over the past decade there has been a move towards mass
factory produced Ikat. This product is not as high
quality, but obviously much more affordable. If you are a
collector or simply looking for an exceptional
one-of-a-kind piece, I would invest in the traditional.
In Bali the term payasan, meaning ornamentation or
dressing-up, is used loosely to refer to the adornment of
effigies, actors and ordinary people, as well as statues,
holy books, temples and sometimes even trees. To dress up
is in itself, an act of reverence. The occult impulse to
wrap people and things in ritually significant cloth
account for much of the splendor of Bali's ceremonies.
Geringsing-The geringsing cloth is said to be dyed with
blood & is a magical cloth. This type of textile is
Indonesia woven with the laborious double Ikat (ekat)
technique. The pattern is dyed into both the warp and the
weft threads. The dyeing process takes many months. Great
skill is required in the weaving to bring the pattern of
warp and weft into an exact meeting. Geringsing is woven on
a continuous warp loom. The uncut cloth is regarded as
Many of our products feature textiles such as Javanese
Batik, Lombok Ikat, Balinese Ikat, Balinese Songket, Indian
Sari, Chinese Silk, Thai Silk and more. We are developing
our own unique range of soft furnishings including Duvet
Covers and other bedding, cushions, pillowcases, chair
covers, mosquito nets, table runners, placemats and more.
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