Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Elizabeth Street


Hiho Batik: Handmade Art

Jan 29, 2013

The process starts by drawing your design on paper. Owner Julia Gordon (pictured here) was so helpful. 

Next, climb onto the big red stools with your finished drawing. 

Place your drawing under the cotton material. The light table helps the lines show through. Trace your lines with melted wax.

Time to put on latex gloves and paint over the wax lines.

Painting was my boys favorite part. 

Finally, choose the color you want to dye your shirt. There's so many color options! 

It takes a few days to finish the dying process. Costumers return to the store to pick up their creations. Here's some examples of what to expect. 

Hiho Batik: Handmade Art

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