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      TIPS & TRICKS: HOW TO CARE FOR BATIK

      TIPS & TRICKS: HOW TO CARE FOR BATIK

      You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need to hand wash my batik clothing?” The answer is: you don’t need to. But you should. Not only can you save money by hand washing, but you also preserve the color, shape, and texture of the clothing! Not to mention it can be a fun experience, especially if younger children agree to lend a hand!

      What does ‘batik’ mean? ‘Batik’ clothing means that the clothing was created by blocking out selected areas of the cloth by brushing or stamping hot wax over it. After the wax has dried, the artisan dyes the cloth. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original color. Often, the fabric is dyed once before it is batiked, allowing a complimentary color to show through the stamped or stenciled pattern. 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. We just love the way this process makes every Balinese batik item we sell a one-of-a-kind work of art!

      If you must machine wash your batiked clothing, the best thing to do is to put it in a washing machine with mild detergent, select a non-spin cycle (delicate mode), and set it to cold. To prevent any unfortunate color running incidents from occurring, you should separate your batik clothing from your other clothing. Be sure to air dry after washing!

      Batik Care Tips

      To perfume your batik, cover it with newspaper and then spray it with a scent. Remember, batik uses natural colorant, so you do not want to spray your Batik directly with perfume or scented spray.

      Avoid wringing! Twisting can cause damage to the fibers. Instead, press down with your hands to push excess water out. Then, lay the item on a clean towel and roll it up, which will help to extract more water before laying or hanging the item to air dry.

      To iron, putting another fabric on top of your batik and iron it indirectly, since high temperature can ruin it.

      Not sure how to hand wash? Check out our instructional video here!

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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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      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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      How It’s Made: Traditional Balinese Batik

      How It’s Made: Traditional Balinese Batik

      The art of batik has been practiced for centuries, beginning with the villagers and tribesmen of remote, tropical regions in what are now the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.  Although the precise origins of batik are unknown, it is most common on the island of Java, Indonesia. When the art of batik was first practiced in […]

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