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Batik (rhymes with unique) is a technique for adding dyes to fabric to make unusual designs. Batik fabrics in 100% cotton are being sold as quilting fabrics. Using one or more batik fabrics in your quilt will give a new and different bolder effect to your artwork over using traditional fabric designs. The following pictures show some sample batik fabric designs.


traditional batiks




Examples of batik fabrics

If you want more examples of batiks, particularly Indonesian batiks of 100% cotton, go to batiksbydesign.com. This is a startup internet company that is run by hard-core quilters who have lived in Indonesia, and know what quilters want. Patti (my wife) lived in Indonesia for 2 years, has been in and out of the country many times, and has done batik quilts. She also made friends with other passionate quilters while she was there, and decided that the quilting world needed to know more about Indonesian batiks.
I'm working there now, and we have organized a local (Indonesian) buyer, local (expatriate - foreign) quilters who pass judgement on the fabrics, and now have Indonesian batiks available, online, in a variety of designs. We will be adding to our designs constantly, because most of the batik producers make only relatively short runs of each design, then they design new ones, or return to other traditional batiks. The web store is just starting, but it will be a valuable resource in the future. Take a look at the designs that she thinks will be great for quilting.
Not all fabrics are especially suitable for quilting. For example, hand-woven fabrics, as beautiful as they are, may unravel in your quilt. Not nice. So you want machine-woven fabrics. (There goes the romance of the hand-woven aspect.) Also, unless you want to do applique, you generally need small designs on the batiks. Batiks are beautiful, and there are TONS of designs and colors. In fact, that's one of the problems: They keep changing them, so it makes it difficult to keep them in stock. A design that's there one week may be gone the next. Also, batiks are made of many materials, including silk. Most are not great quilting stock. So we keep our buyers on the lookout for both old and new designs.
Batiks by Design knows what you want, and know what you expect to pay. Check out batiksbydesign.com. Patti's still building the site, so give her some time. You can buy some of these beautiful fabrics at generally lower prices than otherwise offered, and you can be sure that each fabric was selected by someone just like you.


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