There’s no doubt about it: I love batik.
I made my first batik when I was 17 and the love affair continues. This ancient fabric dying method has been used in many parts of the world but is most connected to the islands of Indonesia.
My creative process is influenced by more than just a keen eye for design. There is also a rich history and unique story behind using batik for women’s plus size clothing.
Out of many, here are 3 reasons to love batik.
Batik became a true art form in Indonesia during the 6th or 7th century. Historians believe that the origins of batik may have come from the island of Java. In those early days, batik fabrics were prized possessions only available to the royal or the extremely wealthy.
Ancient batik fabrics were made with special designs to identify families. Others featured patterns that would bring the wearer good luck or good health.
I love the fact that, thousands of years later, I am continuing this rich tradition. Batik has a beautiful history, one I use to design today’s finest plus size women’s clothing.
The variety of colors and designs in batik fabric are direct results of the dying method. Wax is applied to the fabric. This resists the dying process and creates the unique mix of colors and textures we call batik.
Batik offers 2 fantastic design possibilities:
- Dramatic color
- Hand painted detail
You can see for yourself how much I enjoy working with colors in these pieces deigned exclusively for Generous Fashions.
I believe that a great women’s clothing collection starts with classic styles. But if you really want to stand out – and to look and feel your absolute best – you need some unique pieces too.
I work with batik to bring that special touch to your personal look. There’s nothing like a hand painted batik tunic top or scarf. Expect complements.
I’ve been designing with batik for years and have only fallen more in love with its unique style. What are your favorite batik styles? How do you wear your batik? Please leave your comments below – I love reading them all!
-Stephen, Your Designer
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen