Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
On our first day we hit the ground running and visited this batik "factory". It was very hot and we needed the fans that were given to us as part of a welcoming gift. I saw headers for Princess Mirah, a brand that you can find in some of our local quilt shops. There are lots of these independent factories all over Bali. They are considered subcontractors.
Walking down the driveway, we saw this prepared batik drying in the sun.
The next step was to dye it with another color. This was not my fabric.
I chose orange. My fabric would remain pink where it was stamped with wax. .
They added a third color, green to my piece.
You may be asking how they create consistent product. That is exactly my question
Here is my finished batik
and here is Don's. He started with a light blue piece of fabric.
Congratulations! Hope you make something fun.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I have finally unpacked my bags. Since it was hot in Bali, there weren't very many clothes to unpack. Just shorts and t-shirts. So, the majority of the contents of our 4 suitcases was fabric.
How much fabric did I buy? Lots. Fabric shopping WAS the highlight of the trip. I did go fabric shopping twice. OK, I'll admit it. I bought over 65 yards of batiks.At $2.50/meter,who could resist?
But my favorite purchase was this umbrella
To lessen my guilt, I want to share some of my loot. Leave a comment letting me know that you have signed up to follow me on Bloglovin or that you already are following me and I will choose someone to receive these batik fat quarters including that adorable giraffe fabric, on Friday. If you can't leave a comment here, e-mail me or FB me after signing up with Bloglovin.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
We headed to the Hoffman Batik factory today. We had unlimited acces to see how these amazingly beautiful fabrics are made. It's a process of dyeing and waxing and overdyeing, sometimes as many as 4-5 times. Hoffman is definitely the premiere batik manufacturer. All of the dyeing and stamping and sorting is all done by hand. There was also a table of workers folding and packing the fabric into assorted bundles. I am still scratching my head about how they achieve consistency in the designs of their fabrics from bolt to bolt.
I did find this YouTube video of the process, but I'll share my photos.
Piecing the lengths together
There was a religious ceremony, as there are on many days.
The women bring their offerings to the temple to be blessed by the priest.
Can you name the fruits on my breakfast plate?