About East African batik


What does ‘batik’ mean?
‘Batik’ clothing means that the clothing was created by blocking out selected areas of the cloth by brushing or stamping hot wax over it. After the wax has dried, the artisan dyes the cloth. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original color. Often, the fabric is dyed once before it is batiked, allowing a complimentary color to show through the stamped or stenciled pattern.

Our Letasi items are handmade in Tanzania and in Uganda, by artisans who have learned this craft as it has been modified to reflect the East African culture and lifestyles. We just love the way this process makes every batik item we sell is a one-of-a-kind work of art!

Wash and Care instructions for our Batik fabrics

If you must machine wash your batiked clothing, the best thing to do is to put it in a washing machine with mild detergent, select a non-spin cycle (delicate mode), and set it to cold. To prevent any unfortunate color running incidents from occurring, you should separate your batik clothing from your other clothing. Be sure to air dry after washing!

Pre-Wash Your Fabrics:  Batik fabrics contain wax and dye and must be cared for properly prior to using in quilting, crafting, and sewing projects. While we do our very best to wash and iron the fabrics ready for any further use. We recommend pre-washing all fabrics to minimize shrinkage, remove of any small traces of wax and transfer of colour.

In a nutshell:

  • Machine wash cool to luke warm with like colors on delicate cycle.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Tumble dry, low temperature.
  • Remove from dryer before completely dry.
  • Hang to finish drying.
  • Use warm to hot iron to remove wrinkles.

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