Thursday, March 20, 2014

When fabric mimics art

I would like to introduce to you a beautiful line of fabric that has taken my breath away.  I acquired two bundles of Island Batik fabrics and was so impressed with the depth of color and the quality of the fabric.  

Here is a product description from their website - 

The art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing method, has been practiced for centuries in Indonesia and is an integral part of ethnic life and religious ceremony. This intimate knowledge of the batik process is what makes the Indonesian artists the talented leaders in their field. Batik is a way of life for the Indonesian people and it is reflected in the many facets of rural and cultural living.

Island Batik currently employs 80 to 100 community members who transform the white base cloth into the spectacular designs and colors for which Island Batik is known. All of the fabric dyeing is done in our own manufacturing facility in Bali, which is centered in a small village. Men and women of the community perform the management of the plant, as well as all of the production processes. Men perform the stamping of wax onto the fabric, dyeing, washing and drying. The fabric is left out in the rice fields, where good sunlight is essential to ensure strong color and color fastness. The women are in charge of quality assurance, folding, bolting and packaging of the cloth.

Island Batik is also a sponsor of Quilted in Honor.  There are several free pattern downloads on their website. You will find challenges and giveaways on Island Batik's website and blog.  

The first bundle I worked with was this green and brown collection.



Do you see this gorgeous detail??  I am working on a Spring wall hanging, which will have a woodsy look to it.  I'll share what's on my design wall in the next day or two.

I hope to keep you up to date on their new spring lines.  Be sure to stop by the Island Batik Blog and enter their current giveaway.

Happy Quilting!

5 comments:

Valerie Reynolds said...

beautiful for sure!

Patty said...

Stunning! Love this group. It reminds me of spring shoots popping through a freshly thawed ground after cold winter.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

These beautiful fabrics caught my eye first thing this morning on my sidebar!! They ARE gorgeous works of art!! I am going to be looking forward to seeing your wall hanging! blessings ~ tanna

Alena Mauer said...

This fabric is so awesome! This would make a great spring blanket with the fresh colors. I don't quilt, but I will have to see if my mom will make one for me.

Alena | http://www.fabricfanatics.com

Allie said...

I'm so sorry Jocelyn, I drooled all over your pretty fabric....took me awhile to get to the text, lol. I cannot WAIT to see what you're making with these!!!!