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Bumwear batik

All our batik is handprinted by master artisans in Bali. Although Bali is world famous for its beautiful batik, the art of batik actually originates from the neighbouring island of Java. Most of the expert batik artisans hail from the Javanese cities of Solo, Yogyakarta and Pekalongan. As Bali has traditionally enjoyed high influx of tourists (at least before the bomb attack of October 12 2002 ), there is a migration of these Javanese batik experts into the island of Bali, bringing along with them their batik printing skills.
handdrawn batik design
In designing our batik, Bumwear literally starts from scratch. Our in-house artist (aka Kieran Tan) draws by hand the design that will be eventually be transferred onto batik. For our very first season, he is featuring three of the kids' favourite insects
computer graphic batik design
The paper design is then passed to the computer graphics artist who will render a line art drawing of the design. This line art drawing is used later to produce the "cap" or the mould for the batik
repeated batik design
The pattern is repeated a few times on the computer screen as well as on paper for us to see the batik effect as well as to modify the positioning of the butterflies so as to avoid the "cluster" effect.
copper batik cap
Now the fun really starts. In Bali, a mould or "cap" (the "c" is pronounced as in "chop") is produced. Each "cap" (or mould) is a copper block that makes up a design unit. "Cap" are made of 1.5 cm wide copper stripes that are bent into the shape of the design. When complete, the pattern of copper strips is attached to the handle. Notice the similarity between the "cap" and the line art drawing
batik wax stamping
The "cap" is dipped into a vat containing a mixture of beeswax, paraffin and resin. In the picture to the right, the "cap" is tested on a piece of white cloth for the batik artisan to determine the positioning of the design on the cloth.
batik dyed cloth
Fabricwise, we use the best grade of Javanese cotton which is especially made for fine batik. This means that it is ready for dyeing, the wax penetrates easily, it takes dye beautifully and it can be boiled with safety.

The batik is first dyed with the foreground colour. For example if I'm making a dark maroon batik with light maroon butterflies, I would have to first dye the cloth light maroon