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      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BATIK IN BALI

      MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BATIK IN BALI

      All Mexicali Blues batik items are handmade in Bali, Indonesia, by artisans who have learned this ancient traditional art as it has been passed down through the generations. Each hand-batiked piece of fabric is created by blocking out selected areas of the cloth by brushing or stamping hot wax over it, and then dyeing the […]

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      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: NYOMAN, INDONESIA

      Meet Nyoman, the awesome Mexicali Maker who, working with her family, creates the the stunning rainbow of our handpainted batiks! Join Mexicali owners Pete and Kim as she takes us on a tour of her workplace and shows us how one of these gorgeous textile works-of-art is crafted.

      Mexicali co-owner Kim muses, “I remember when we discovered Nyoman, we were on a motor bike headed to a market outside of town and I spied some great hand painted chakra flags and wall hangings. I made Pete turn around!

      Upon entering Nyoman’s shop we were greeted with a huge smile and welcomed as if we had been working with her for years. We started with a small order which was no problem for her because she knew that her quality and attention to detail would keep us coming back with more and more orders. Nyoman’s beautiful smile and personality radiates happiness, kindness, and a feeling of being in the “now”.

      From designing to helping us pick out colors (which can be so difficult when they’re all SO gorgeous!), Nyoman has a way of making you feel that you are the only one that matters, even though you know she has many other buyers she is creating for.

      The hand painting of her fabrics is all done at her family compound (which is how the Balinese live, a communal living with extended family) and is simply amazing to see.

      So happy we turned around that day on the motor bike!”

      >>>>Check out some of Nyoman’s awesome handpainted batik HERE<<<<

       

      MEXICALI MAKERS: DANIEL, BALI

      MEXICALI MAKERS: DANIEL, BALI

      Meet Daniel, the awesome Mexicali maker who crafts the unique patchwork pieces in our Java patch collection! Daniel is originally from Timor, an island at the southern end of Southeast Asia, but found his success on the island of Bali making Java patch items. He is yet another one of our collaborators with a contagious smile! Between he and Pete, the laughter is endless while we pick out and order new styles. We have been doing business with Daniel for over 10 years and feel lucky to have him on our team!
      Our customers love his creations from the Java Patch kid's shirt to the all time favorite scrunchie set!

        Check out Daniel's creations

      POSTCARDS FROM PETE & KIM: BALINESE CULTURE & THE YOGA OF LIFE

      POSTCARDS FROM PETE & KIM: BALINESE CULTURE & THE YOGA OF LIFE

      “On a recent drive with our friend Made, he was explaining to Carly about the Balinese culture something that really struck a cord with me. He was describing the daily rituals of offerings. Every day they stop all else and focus on making offering baskets to place around home and businesses to give thanks to […]

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      Buying Trip 2016: The Boho Beauty of  Bali’s Handmade Batik

      Buying Trip 2016: The Boho Beauty of Bali’s Handmade Batik

        Pete and Kim Erskine are on their annual sojourn to source the clothing, accessories and décor you can’t wait to shop this spring. They wrote in from the road to rave about their latest find—the intricate, irresistible, breezy batiks crafted by hand in Bali. Every year, Pete and Kim Erskine spend February and March […]

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