Batik fabrics are hand dyed with exquisite care in exotic locales. Each yard of fabric is stamped with intricate wax resist designs and cured in the sunshine. Our selection of beautiful batik fabric includes your favorites from Artisan Batiks, Tonga Treats, Island Batik, and many more. Find yourself transported to your happy place here!
What is batik fabric? Beautiful, of course! But if you need a more technical description about how batik fabrics are made, let us explain! Batik fabric is a unique material in which wax is applied to certain areas of the fabric. Once the wax hardens, the batik fabric is submerged in a beautiful dye, and the wax actually prevents the fibers from absorbing the dye! After being properly submerged, the batik print is then boiled to remove the wax. This fabric-dyeing method gives the fabric a tye-dye, crackled look, which is what makes batik fabric so stunning! But this is just one way batik prints are made. The four other ways batiks can be made are through hand-drawing, digital printing, metal blocks, and screen printing.
What kind of fabric is used for batiks? Batiks can actually be done with many different materials! Most cotton weights work well with the waxing and dyeing processes, so long as the wax is able to penetrate through the material. But finer weaves typically work best for batiks! What’s more is batiks aren’t only sold by the yard, they’re also sold as precuts, which we carry as well. Whether you prefer a batik layer cake or a batik jelly roll, you’ll see plenty of both in our batik selection!
Since batik prints are made through such an elaborate process, a good question to ask is if batik fabrics bleed. The answer is YES. Batiks do indeed bleed, but the best way to avoid a tie-dye disaster is to pre-wash your batik fabrics with some water and Retayne. If you’re unfamiliar with Retayne, it’s simply a color fixative that helps “lock” fabric dye in to prevent excessive bleeding. All you need to do is soak your batiks in enough water to completely cover them, add about a teaspoon of Retayneand let it all soak for approximately 20 minutes. Then, give your batiks a rinse with cool water, toss them in the dryer, and voila—tie-dye disaster avoided!
Can batik fabrics be washed? Of course! You already know to pre-wash your batiks, but all regular washes afterward should either be by hand or on a very gentle cycle in your machine. And can batik fabrics be ironed? Also of course! Since most batik fabrics are cotton, ironing—preferably on a low or medium setting—is completely safe.
Now, when it comes to working with batik prints, most actually don’t have a right or wrong side. You’ve likely heard Jenny refer to the “right” and “wrong” sides of fabric in her tutorials—the “right” being the side of the fabric where the colors and designs are the most vivid. Because batiks are dyed all the way through, both sides are typically just as vivid as the other, so there is no right or wrong side! Though this isn’t always the case with all batik fabrics, so when you encounter a batik with sides that are nearly identical, just pick the side that appears brightest to you and let that be the “right” side.
One of the best things about batik fabric is how versatile it is--it’s not limited to specific colors or a particular look! One of the most common batik patterns is typically a beachy, tropical look, but since many popular manufacturers make batiks, there is a great variety out there to explore! Moda Fabrics, for example, creates batik fabric, so if you’re a big fan of Moda, you’ll be thrilled to know that we carry Moda batik fabric! We adore batik fabric just as much as regular cottons; our selection includes batik fabric by the yard (of course), Tonga Batiks, Island Batik fabric, Christmas batik fabric, and so much more!
If you’re not sure what to do with batik fabric, don’t stress! We have plenty of batik projects that can introduce you to the beauty of batik prints, such as batik quilt kits. We also carry many batik quilt patterns, precuts, and even extra wide batik backing fabric if you want to start from scratch! So come take a look and see what your next—or first—batik creation will be!
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