by Emilia Tan
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BATIK:
We believe that Batik is a process. It requires time, energy and high sense of art to deliver one piece of kain Batik” (“Batik fabric”). However, the reality is batik artisans have not been fully appreciated yet. By buying only Batik Tulis (hand-written) and Batik Cap (hand-stamped), you have helped these artisans. Thank you for your contribution in improving the life of batik artisans, designers and tailors, as well as protecting the Indonesian cultural heritage.
Batik is dyed by proud crafts people who draw designs on fabric using dots and lines of hot wax, which resists vegetable and other dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water and repeating if multiple colours are desired.” UNESCO
Since Batik is an art piece, special treatments are required:
Hand wash for better result.
For dolls, wallets, bags, spot wash on dirty area.
For machine wash, select delicate/gentle cycle and use cold water. However, for first phase of washing the fabric, please wash by hand with Lerak or baby shampoo for best result.
When washing, please separate the darker-colored pieces with lighter-colored pieces.
Do not use chlorine bleach, strong detergents or brighteners.
Do not wring or twist the Batik to squeeze out the water.
Line drying is recommended. Avoid direct sunlight, hang to dry in shady area inside out.
When you use machine dryer, it should be low heat setting. Do not over dry.
Use warm iron setting and iron them when still little damp for best result