About Our Fabrics
Batik is the process of resist dying, by which fabric is decorated by drawing lines in wax to protect parts of cloth from colouring in the dye bath. The process can be repeated with a number of subsequent waxing and dye baths leaving a complex pattern of motifs in a variety of colours. Originally batik was waxed by hand with a canting, a wax pen. This form is known as batik tulis, meaning to write with wax. Because this method was so time consuming, caps or copper stamps were developed to apply the wax to the cloth in the 19th century to allow for mass produced fabrics traditionally this was all done by hand, but these days there are various levels of mechanisation is involved.
Hand Dyed fabrics of the modern Batiks were introduced to Western Quilters up to 30 years ago but have been taken to our hearts and hands more recently and are used and promoted all over the world. The fabrics are printed using a Cap or Copper stamp to apply the wax pattern to the fabric,dyed and then washed all by hand.
Traditional Batik / Tulis
Classical batik patterns fall into two categories one on geometric pattern and the other freely designed with no symmetry. They are often printed with a stamp and fine work done with a canting these come in different widths spouts for creating thinner and thicker lines. The colours are more muted and earthy than those used in Modern Batik.
Ikat fabric is created by a hand weaving technique where the pattern is dyed in a series of two or more colours, on to the warp or weft threads prior to the material being woven so that when woven creates a soft geometric pattern. Traditionally natural dyes in harmonious, toning colours were used .Today the dyes can be as bright as many printed fabrics and the thread used can be cotton ,silk, or a combination of both this produces a special sheen. They are produced on hand & foot powered looms, because of the skill, and time consuming process these fabrics are highly valued.