Our Indigo Batik Placemat is made by Hmong women. The women grow and harvest the hemp plant to create fibre that is woven into lengths of fabric. Using bee’s wax the women draw traditional Hmong patterns, the cloth is then dip dyed in indigo. By boiling the cloth the wax is removed leaving a striking blue and hemp coloured cloth. This process is known as batik. The Hmong are the only ethnic group in Laos who practice batik. Traditionally these cloths are created to make clothing and household objects. This tradition has been passed down mother to daughter for hundreds of years. Each design is slightly different.