Batik: What if you could add ancient magic to your daily wear essentials?How fun would that be right? We’re talking about Batik.Batik print, so beautiful & creative, is a resist printing technique that involves 3 steps mainly; waxing, dyeing and scraping. Heavily influenced by skilled artisans, Batik print is created from elements such as wooden printing blocks, dyeing vats, large bowls, and brushes with a variety of contrasting colours in multiple unique cycles!Fun Fact: Did you know the word ‘Batik’ is derived from Javanese? In the Javanese language, ambatik means “wide” or “large”, and tik or nitik means “dot” or “make a dot”;. The word bathikan also means “drawing” or “writing” in Javanese.Originated 2000 years before, Batik print is the result of hand printing contemporary designs on cotton fabrics with a hint of vibrancy.
Even today, some designs of Batik Prints are hand-painted by skilled women artisans with the help of wax.Batik print is the visual magic your style needs.Block Printing: Need some inspiration to include unique & vibrant prints in your wardrobe?Block printing has you covered!Block printing is the magnificent outcome of intricate & unique patterns or buntas designed from wooden blocks, stencils, and stamps.As creative as it sounds, the process of block printing is rather a skilful one!The process of block printing starts with starch-free & soft bleached fabrics mainly; linens, cotton, & silk. After which the magic of stamping begins.Classic & beautiful designs are carefully stamped on the fabric specifically from left to right. After the printing, fabrics are left to dry in the natural sunlight as a part of the fixing process.So how do we make it vibrant? After the drying process, fabrics are generously dyed with magnificent colours. At Rustic Blends, we ensure to use natural dyes to add colours to our ensembles!Fun fact: Did you know block printing is also known as ‘xylograph’From origins back in the Indus Valley civilization with its eccentric prints to Harappan excavation discovering cotton fibres with red pigments to the floral motifs founded by the Mughals, block-printing certainly has a rich heritage in India.Be a part of this skilled rich heritage with Rustic Blends.