Inspired by today’s instagram #myhousethismonth challenge, print pattern, I want to talk about batik, batik pattern. Perhaps you already know about Batik, it is a method of resist painting/printing unto fabric using wax, the technique comes from Indonesia.
The result and the styles are unique that it has it own characters, different parts of Indonesia have their unique style of Batik. Traditionally one would draw using wax and a wax painting tool, the pipe-like canting, then dipped the fabric into dye to colour it. The Indonesian traditional then grew to use block waxing similar to those use in Indian printing. Now, unfortunately due to its popularity the design of batik get sent to factories, to be directly printed with machine, to produce a poor relative.
Although I like the traditionally drawn complicated and intricate designs of batik, for the house I think this block printed ones gives a more modern twist.
This one is traditionally (the red, black and white print) handmade block printed fabric.
To buy this me and my mum had to go to a alley way in Tasikmalaya to the artisan’s house. He had this stack in his cupboard. He said that because he made this and print the pieces one by one, unfortunately it is a lot more expensive. When I ask how much it was, he said it is 300,000 Indonesian Rupiah, which is around £15 for 1,5metre of fabric, I thought it is a bargain.
My earlier plan was to make this into a skirt, but I really haven’t had the time. I might still do make a skirt, hence why I made the cushion cover in envelope style, by folding the entire length and sewing it up instead of cutting through the fabric. As you can see I have plenty of batik fabric lying around that I haven’t done anything to.
How about you? Are you like me who just hoard fabrics? What do you think of batik?