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Slow Day in Amber Batik-Dyed Rayon Maxi Dress from Bali

Slow Day in Amber Batik-Dyed Rayon Maxi Dress from Bali

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-404461a210913

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Wayan Arta & Sharon design a comfortable maxi dress for slow days using classic Balinese batik dyeing methods. Crafted from 100% rayon, the dress features a relaxed fit, an asymmetrical v-neckline, and a batik-printed floral motif that charms in hues of amber, teal, and warm pink.

  • materials: 100% rayon
  • Handcrafted batik art--colors and pattern placement will vary

Use a warm iron;Hang dry;Dry clean or hand wash in cold water

Artisan Information

Wayan Arta and Sharon

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My name is Wayan Arta, and I started working in apparel as a seamstress for an American company. I worked there from 1988 to 1993. During that time, I was promoted to being a pattern maker. I became knowledgeable about production methods, working directly on catalog and large retailer orders.

Using my experiences in this American company gave me the opportunity to work with Sharon Steinmann. Sharon is an American who handled and designed products for major women's catalogs. Together, we created designs and started production on special patterns. We specialize in batik — primarily ancient batik — which is a beautiful, but dying art from Indonesia. Sharon decides on our motifs and designs the apparel, while I am look fter crafting our designs. We have worked together since 2008.

We chose this kind of batik because I wanted to continue our batik heritage. This art is centuries old, involving traditional techniques native to the islands of Bali and Java. It is an entirely handmade process that requires special skill and extraordinary patience. Originally, batik motifs were religious in nature, but now it features more mandala or botanical themes. The process is becoming rare due to its difficulty and the hand-painted aspects of making the fabric.

To fill our orders, we have eight assistants in our workshop. I'm the production manager. I supervise the pattern makers, cutters, sewers and also do quality control. We are lucky to have employed seven locals who have been working with us for a long time.

Contributing to the continuation of our batik heritage is a great honor for me, and I hope that one day I can teach this art to my son. Thanks to God, this textile art has helped me provide a decent life for my family. I can also help my children get a good education and go to college. I don't yet know if all of my children will take up this craft but I hope my son will continue my work.

Making apparel isn't hard to do in Bali, because the rayon fabric is all sourced here. All the materials and supplies that we use are produced locally. We are proud of our crafts, because we are among the few people in the world that create this type of batik. Another reason that our designs are great is because our fabrics feature a deep saturation of colors.

By working with you, I hope we can continue to grow and build a project that is profitable and supports local artisans and traditional batik methods. I also want to introduce ancient batik motifs to the world. I am sure the world will like them.

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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