Hiho Batik: Handmade Art
Kids and adults can design unique gifts in this adorable boutique store.
Last week my boys and I checked out Hiho Batik, a relatively new art space-cum-boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Before moving to New York and working with business partner Robyn Stylman, co-owner Julia Gordon dyed batik for more than 18 years in Boulder and Miami. And for those unfamiliar with the Indonesian fabric, Gordon explains, “The process of batik involves outlining a design on a shirt using hot wax, painting the design with dyes, waxing over the design to keep the colors in place, and finally dying the final piece of cloth. The wax simply gets washed out in the process and you are left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art.” The store carries pre-made shirts for kids and adults at the front of the store, but customers can also design their own in the amazing space in the back, which can also be rented out for any occasion. Flip through the slideshow to see what my kids and I made! —Sharon Beesley