Friday, October 26, 2012

Fabulous Fabric Friday!

I am so excited to show you this!  I had the opportunity to go by one of the local fabric shops and check out the selection.  The shopping for fabric part of the process is probably my favorite part, I mean, who doesn’t love shopping and imagining the possibilities!  But one of the reasons I am particularly excited about this is because here in Indonesia they have a unique fabric that is beautiful and so much fun! 
The type of fabric is called Batik; Indonesia isn’t the only country that does it, but they have their own trademarks that make it special.  
 Here is an example: 
To make Batik, melted wax, usually beeswax or paraffin is applied to the fabric using a tool called a tjanting, which is a wooden handled tool with a tiny metal cup with a tiny spout, out of which the wax seeps.  They also use wax brushed on to a pre-carved wooden or copper block and that is stamped onto the fabric.  Once the wax is applied, the fabric is dipped in dye or several dyes; after the fabric is dried then it is either dipped in solvent to remove the wax without affecting the dye or ironed between sheets of paper.



 


Here are a few fabric samples that I bought just to get a feel of the wide variety out there. 












 I also bought this table runner at a local Indonesian craft shop; it’s a little short, but I love it! 




 So tell me what you think!  Do you like this type of fabric and what would you want made out of it?!  Do you like the patchwork like the table runner or should we stick to only one fabric? 

Can’t wait to hear from you!  Happy Friday!

2 comments:

  1. Dude I am so stoked! I don't care what you do with it, it's all so gorgeous! (But I think I would prefer purses/tunics/dresses over the patchwork. It seem to be hard on the eyes. Maybe just to busy for me?)

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  2. These are so gorgeous! I really can't wait to see what we make with them. For the patchwork, I can totally see a hand bag!!! But, I can only see gorgeous things made from these fabrics - there's no going wrong! LOVELY

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