Indonesia offers many ways to get around,
a packed truck is one of the most common ones,
and this option is the most romantic. But certainly not the most comfortable.
Like children, we were ready to try them all!
The same goes for food. It was hard to choose a plate, they all look delicious!
But we kept focus on our destination.
Finally, we arrived at the stamp workshop.
Old and young worked together, passing this art form down through the generations.
We stopped for a moment to visit and observe the intricate detail that goes into bending copper sheets and wire to create beautiful images for batik stamps.
The stamps hung like a pieces of art on the wall of the mill.
When used with hot wax, they create a little magic on fabric.
Edyta couldn’t help herself, she had to give it a try. Later on she told me it was not as easy as it looked, but so much fun.
She helped with scrunching the material….
… and hand dying!
Again, I was not able to stop her. She found someone else who liked to dye and the language barrier was no longer a problem.
The soft, warm breeze was drying the fabrics while the sun was brightening the wonderful colors.
As you look closer, you can notice a bit of wax remaining, a nice reminder of the many step that go into creating these colorful batiks.
To prepare the material for the next step, it needs to be carefully brushed clean.
We stopped for a moment and wondered how many thousands of yards these brushes must have touched.
And there it was, the end result. These beautiful batiks are the ones you can enjoy right now in the store from the “Sticks and Stones” collection by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.
To end our busy day, we watched the sun set on a temple in Java. There are vibrant colors everywhere on this little island and I could see how excited and inspired Edyta was!
To be continued…