Batik

Artisan storytelling through textiles

Batik is a resist dye technique. With dexterity, motifs are drawn with wax on the cloth which is then dipped in dye. As intended, the wax drawn motifs resist the dye. The cloth is then boiled in water to remove the wax. This technique has been practiced for over a thousand years from South America to Africa; Indonesia is accredited with its origin.

In Laos, the Hmongs are the ones practicing batik. Like all textile producers in Laos, they make items for the household, for clothing and for ceremonial purposes. The wax is mixed with indigo paste which colours it and makes it easier to see on the cloth as hemp, their fabric of choice, is of the same shade as wax. Unlike many languages, Hmong doesn’t have a written form, thus textiles have become a form of visual expression. The inspiration for motifs is derived from the natural environment, such as snail shells, animal teeth, ferns, cucumber, rice seeds and pumpkin seeds.

The Hmongs only use indigo to dye their batik pieces making Hmong batik striking! The long blue and white cloths were used for making shirts, baby carriers and blankets but nowadays, it is used to make a variety of products where tradition meets innovation. At Ock Pop Tok, we’ve reimagined them as table runners, wall hangings, placemats, cushions and bags! Read more on our blog dedicated to Hmong batik or take one of our classes to get first hand experience.

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Indigo Batik Placemat

You'll love it because: Super eco-friendly, these hemp placements are also a great conversation piece for your dining table. Question 1, what do all the motifs mean?

Batik Table Runner

You'll love it because: Lovely indigo batik and hemp spruce up the table and makes a great conversation piece! Can you guess the meaning of the motifs?

$41.00$50.00

Batik Laptop Sleeve

You'll love it because: This hemp laptop sleeve with its geometric patterns, made by the Hmong using centuries-old metal pens and wax batik, are still refreshingly modern.

$49.00

Vintage Tote Bag

You'll love it because: Upcycled vintage Hmong textiles plus organic hemp team up to make a new tote that's strong enough to hold your books and laptop.

Gettao Jacket

You'll love it because: Casual and elegant, the lightweight open jacket with a Hmong batik collar looks great with a t-shirt and jeans and just about anything else.

Batik Pouch

You'll love it because: Embroidered flower motifs, Hmong batik, natural indigo make the Lanten pouch extra-special and keeps your phone and wallet extra safe!

$32.00

Loose Hmong Batik Jacket

You'll love it because: Casual and elegant, the lightweight open jacket with a Hmong collar looks great with a t-shirt and jeans and just about anything else.

Hmong Batik Coin Purse

You'll love it because: Hemp, natural indigo, Hmong resist wax batik, plus leather details, make this coin purse or mini wallet an irresistible accessory!

$15.00

Batik Crossbody Bag

You'll love it because: Petite and super cute, but big on aesthetics and craftsmanship, this little purse hold all your essentials and pairs well with denim!

$43.00

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