A Lesson In Batik from Maiyet

Being in Singapore puts me just a hop, skip and a jump from regions throughout South East Asia.  This includes Indonesia, which I could literally visit in under an hour (at least one of its Islands!).  I mention this, because design label Maiyet, works with artisans there.

You may remember my introduction to Maiyet when I profiled their Fall/Winter 2012 Collection.  Maiyet’s designs are inspired by and highlight artisans from different regions throughout the world.  The label works to be an ethical business, fostering entrepreneurship, by not only purchasing their wares at a fair price, but also further training them in order to help raise the quality of products.

A Batik look made in Indonesia from the Maiyet Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

A Batik look made in Indonesia from the Maiyet Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Maiyet has released a behind-the-scenes video from their artisans in Indonesia as the employ the batik process of dying fabrics.  For those unfamiliar with batik, this process employs wax as a barrier in dying products allowing for the creation of patterns.  The process is very involved and truly beautiful.

Get a feel for it here:

Isn’t it impressive?  I love the detail in the process.  Singapore has its own history of batik as does much of the region.  I am eager to find some examples of it as I begin to explore the city…


Runway photo via Style.com / Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com


  1. I love this dress and really clever with the extra panels and the design. There’s much talk now of the “global trend’ but this is the real deal

  2. Fairygodmommy says:

    Love it! Thanks for posting that video.

  3. Lovely dress and pattern, it’s great that you’re taking in the surroundings as well as seeing what fashion designers are inspired by the region.

  4. Very cool! The maxi dress is beautiful.

  5. You sound so excited with your new environment, that’s wonderful! Maiyet is a favourite of mine, and I really appreciate their works. Gorgeous maxi dress!

  6. Absolutely beautiful! And that is such a gorgeous maxi dress.

  7. I think that batik is such a fun art form. Would love to do it myself. Also, I love that the model in the maxi dress looks like a real person! Enjoy your new environment. It sounds so exotic and intriguing!

  8. I love it! So beautiful and interesting.

  9. Wow, I had no idea about this label, how fantastic that they use authentic batik from Indonesia!! That dress up top is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve always loved the print and have been looking for batik dresses etc that are actually fashionable and nice colours, but have not found anything here yet. So please let me know if you come up with anything!
    ps. Enjoy the travel, it really is BANANAS the number of places you can get to from here…

  10. I love the dress!Great video. I never knew how they did that, so interesting?

  11. Wow! That’s amazing work. The designs are so intricate and the process is beautiful.

  12. I love that dress! My grandfather is an artist & does a lot of batik work so I always smile when I see that design.

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