When thinking of Bali, there are so many idyllic images that spring to mind; friendly faces, clear blue waters and above all, fabulous textured fabrics…
Batik is known throughout the world but its origins are often overlooked. Batik comes from the word ambatik, which by definition means ‘a cloth with little dots’. It is thought that the word also originates from the Javanese work tritik which describes the dyeing process where the patterns are reserved on the fabric by tying and sewing certain areas before dying - this is very similar to the tie-dye. Another mystical thought of making batik is known as mbatik manah, which means “drawing a batic design on the heart”.
Another Indonesian technique used in the dyeing process is Ikat. This method is still used when patterning textiles. The word ikat derives from the Indonesian word mengikat that means ‘to tie’. Although batik plays an enormous role in the textile industry in Indonesia, it was the Ikat design that incentivized Lula Fabrics in creating the Sarawak and Kashgar designs from The Silk Road Collection, which launched in March 2012.
Let us take you on an inspirational walk through Bali highlighting some memorable moments.
The detail and variety of colours work so beautifully in the traditional attire of this Balinese dancer.
Below are some other traditional batik fabrics from this Indonesian province.
Nature in this part of the world is quite spectacular. Take a look at this stralitzia in bloom, highlighting the contrast of colours, detail and textures. It is no wonder the Indonesian fabrics are so colourful and exquisite.
Ikat is so versatile with the combination and collectivity of colours and patterns, as seen below:
The Ikat feel is very much present in Lula Fabric’s Kashgar (Sea Foam) & Sarawak (Indigo) designs from The Silk Road Collection. For more colours and fabrics, visit our website here.
We hope to have left you inspired!