We l.o.v.e all things arts and crafts here in our Bali Chronicles family. And these guys – Italian artisans Simonetta&Marco of Quarzia brand – are one of the most favorite couples who create magic with their own hands.
Their workshop in based in Ubud, and earlier this week we sneaked in to see how is the traditional batik – the hand-painted silk or finest cotton fabric that is used for the clothes and interior decor production – is made.
Everything is done by hand here, like in the good old times. The hot wax is used to apply the outlines of the pattern on the fabric. Or, alternatively, it is stamped with the copper stamps – we loved the skull one! ? The dye is applied by hand, too – with a cotton ball on a stick, centimeter by centimeter. It’s a beautiful old school process that can be watched for hours. What you get in the end is a delicate, perfectly imperfect fabric with the classical, timeless and elegant pattern. Or modern. Or cheeky, even! Anything is possible. You can run your fingers through the collection of samples, old and new, and wow on the endless motifs and shades of colors. Textile geek’s eye candy!
As it all happens in eco-conscious Ubud, the guys are very serious about their waste management. The cleaning system is designed that way the water used in dyeing process goes in the sewage being 100% toxins-free. A “leave no trace” concept in action, that’s what we call a true perfectionism – bravo!
Go check it out: Quarzia
Find it: Quarzia workshop is located at Jl.Raya Sanggingan and can be visited by appointment. You can also visit Quarzia’s boutique at Jl. Dewi Sita.
/// lovely pictures by Quarzia