FLONA

Our debut collection is an organic blend of flo-ra and fau-na giving rise to a dramatic melange.
This artistic expression is translated on the fabric by reviving the traditional art of Batik from Madhya Pradesh.

Introducing Batik - with a Twist.

House of Tamarind specializes in strategic placement of motifs and its printed or woven execution. Contradictory to the conventional overall placement of motifs, strategic placement enhances and highlights body like never before.

ABOUT THE CRAFT

The word Batik originates from the Javanese word “Amba” meaning to write and “titik” meaning dot. Batik print is a unique technique of manually ornamenting the cloth by hiding a part of it with a wax coat and then dyed so that the waxed area keep their actual colour and when the wax is removed, the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas makes the pattern.The practice of Batik involves an understanding of color mixing and overdyeing, as each layer of dye is applied over the last, producing a new color. A Batik artisan also needs to master the laborious task of wax application, as the intricacy of his work speaks about his mastery over the craft. 

THE PROCESS

STEP 1

ILLUSTRATIONS

All our motifs are hand illustrated by our design team and transferred on the tracing sheet for our artisan.

STEP 2

TRACING

The artisan then traces the motifs according to the design sheet provided by us using kerosene and Neel.

STEP 3

OUTLINING WITH WAX

After tracing the motifs are outlined using an Indonesian batik pen. This step takes a lot of expertise and precision by the Master craftsmen.

STEP 4

MATCHING SHADES WITH PANTONE NUMBERS

STEP 5

HAND-PAINTING

The motifs after wax outlining are painted with azo free dyes and left in the sun for colour development.

STEP 6

WAX APPLICATION

The painted motif is then entirely covered with wax for the final base colour dyeing.

STEP 7

HAND-DYEING

The fabric is individually dyed in the base  colour according to the design sheet.

STEP 8

The dyed fabric is then boiled at 200 degrees temperature to remove the wax and is washed multiple times (minimum 6 - 7 washes). This step also fixes all the colour bleeding if any and thus ensures colourfast fabrics.

FINAL BATIK FABRIC

DE-WAXING

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