Enjoy a sneak preview of the new summer dresses I've been working on the past month. Several more of these bohemien batiks are mid-process at the moment, and will be finished by our next eletter. Prices for these beauts will range near the $115 - $165 mark, give or take, depending on the extent of the design and color range. Stay tuned and don't miss your chance to get one! There is only one made per size/ per color.
To make it easy for you to shop this style, I'm posting the measurements in advance. Fabric is 100% cotton knit jersey, preshrunk & perfect weight for summer.
SMALL : 16" across the bust, 40" from shoulder to the highest level of the hem, just below the knees (the model is always wearing the smallest size I make as a reference point to work from)
MEDIUM : 17" across, 41" from shoulder to hem
LARGE : 18" across, 42" from shoulder to hem
XL : 19" across, 43" from shoulder to hem
2X : 21" across the bust, 43" from shoulder to hem
3X : 23" across the bust, 46" from shoulder to hem
The batik dresses on display here are all size Medium.
Enjoy the details natural handmade batik offers us.
I think of the entire garment as a canvas for the body.
This week I reopened my Art Of Creative Batik online workshop for those interested in immersing themselves into a weekly studio environment around the creation of their own batik projects. The link for this final opportunityis here. The offer expires by midnight pacific time, June 15th. The next open is tentatively August 1st.
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Welcome to my batik workshop - this is my outdoor dye studio I use for the batik process where I dye dresses and other handmade hippie clothing. This month we're working on all sizes of these pretty summer dresses, perfect for festivals and such. The colors are made using Procion dye, namely Sage Green in this video, along with a hand mixed purple color I created the same way an artist would mix colors for a painting. Beautiful batiks and hand dyed clothing can be made with intuition, experience, and curiosity. And pure beeswax!
First look, we'll go with this subtle sage green. This named "sage green" by Procion, which is the type of dye I use. This particular color is right from the canister. I thought maybe it needed it to be a little darker, but I like it. It's a good color for the batik process that we are doing.
Look, that's a little beeswax... That's a little star painted with the
beeswax. But the excitement doesn't stop there! Here, let's show the
inside of this dress. There we go... That mottled effect - that's from my hand
dyed process - and that is perfectly fine. We love that look. It really captures the
essence of handmade.
Look at this incredible purple color! This is a hand mixed purple. I mix this purple with several different Procion dye colors including blue and fuchsia, until I get it just right. I never measure my colors when I do this combination. I just mix it in the bucket. I had a feeling that this was gonna be good. A lot of that comes from experience. I've been doing this for a while, so I kind of have an idea of what a purple is going to look like when I'm mixing it. Can you tell?
What is really amazing is that we actually have true purple over yellow. The yellow didn't affect the the color - there are secrets to that! But I'm going to reserve these secrets for all the folks in my Art Of Creative Batik membership.
Speaking of which, for those of you who
are in my membership, this is the blue that we did. We're actually gonna use the blue as our "detail" color, and then bring these boho batik dresses into a whole different color by the time they're finished and ready for sale. It will have little blue details in this Om symbol. This batik dress is going to look really pretty!
We're gonna keep painting these cute hippie dresses on live video, and it's gonna be a ton of fun! One will be made in each size, Small - 3X.
Be sure to sign up to my newsletter that way you can find out about our exclusive
batik school, AND you can find out when these are ready to go up for sale.
What is batik? It's a magical fiber art process using beeswax to paint designs on fabric. Yes, it is magical, as the best wax resist to use for batik is beeswax, provided to us by nature, and anything provided to us by nature is indeed magical.
Today we are painting a new dress design. This is the first step in this ancient fiber art technique, with many more steps to come. By the time the dresses are finished, they will be a totally different color. Stay tuned to see the progress. Once finished, these sweet summer boho dresses will be posted for sale online.
Isn't this beautiful? A customer sent me this pic. She's wore her dress while tracing her roots back to Corvo Island. Have you heard of this place? It's beautiful!!! I looked it up, it's part of Portugal.
Here is another customer having a lot of fun in her dress while in Maui.
Here is another customer who sent me this pic after he bought his new favorite hoodie.
He seems pretty happy with it. I think he's in Texas, but I can't remember. Anyway, he looks handsome.
This lovely customer sent me this pic enjoying her dress at a concert in Brooklyn, at the new Coney Island Boardwalk amphitheater. Another incredibly unique piece she just found in the collection. The other side is an amazing tree - I'll post the link of the actual dress here. She said so many people stopped and asked her about the dress.
Thanks so much for sending me this pic, Susan!!
And check out how much fun Rachael is having in her eco-fleece top. ❤︎
Here is her top from the site.
Here's a recent screencap from a very well received Facebook post shared to the Batikwalla fan page from Lana and her extremely talented mom, who made this amazing quilt with the batik fabric prints in the Art and Prints section.
From Heather, so happy with her blue leggings for a poolside yoga session. Amazing strength, Heather! Thank you for the photos.
Here's a pic from Leslie playing with Curley Taylor and the Zydeco Trouble from Sunset, Louisiana at the Gator By The Bay Festival. She's playing at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland soon and promises to get more pics of her performing on stage in her Batikwalla dress. Thank you Leslie! It's an honor 💗
Check out Sienna Rose sending her Batikwalla pic all the way from Ecuador! Looks like you are having tons of fun!!! I wanna go too!!
So if anyone else wants to send me your pics enjoying your new batik piece, please do! I'll post them here. And please tell me where you are as it adds to the fun and adventure.
I looked out the window and just knew there was going to be a beautiful sunset. I grabbed my camera, threw on my running shoes, and bolted out the front door to one of my favorite view spots in the neighborhood. I had a mission on my mind, and didn't stop until I got there. But looking back, it wasn't easy getting this beautiful sunset image. At the time, sure, but the next day I really felt the impact of running two blocks uphill at full speed.
Looking at these now I know it was worth it. Ah, so beautiful! Isn't this what it's all about?
I have several favorite view spots so I kept on walking long after the sun had set.
Finally heading back home. We watched the moon go down, and thunderstorms soon followed. I slept through most of it and only heard about it the next day.