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.
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