Size: 40 x 40 cm
Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries.
To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.
Each batik product is a unique original. No patterns are used. Therefore, the design of each batik product depends upon the artisan who makes it. Because it is naturally dyed, we recommend hand wash individually in cold water to minimize bleeding.
By buying this product, you are enabling a remote and needy group of Hmong women to continue a traditional Hmong skill and make a respectable living.
*eco-friendly and long-lasting insert can be bought separately here
✔ Made from Lao cotton under Fair Trade Conditions
✔ Each one is unique, no patterns are used
✔ Naturally dyed i.e. no nasty chemicals that irritates your skin
✔ Comes with a story card that describes what it is and how it is made
✔ Gift wrapping available for $1
✔ Free 365 day return within Australia
✔ Makes a practical, ethical and eco-friendly gift
WHO YOU ARE SUPPORTING
Artisan Group: CAMACRAFTS
CAMACRAFTS is a non-profit, self-help project which markets handicrafts from the Lao P.D.R. CAMACRAFTS strives to provide a sustainable method of income for village women that would otherwise be unavailable. CAMACRAFTS’ handicraft products are entirely handmade by Lao and Hmong village women who use traditional patterns and techniques. CAMACRAFTS strives to preserve the traditional needlework skills of Hmong and Lao women, such as Hmong appliqué, cross stitch, embroidery, and batik. CAMACRAFTS is a certified member of World Fair Trade Organization.