I’m so glad you enjoyed the past couple of factory posts. You know, I didn’t want to “homogenize” the experience. And that’s why it took me so long to figure out how I wanted to present my visit here.
I’ve been a bit disturbed by the judgemental comments from those who had never even been here.
One thing I know –to these people, this is NOT a “primitive” process – nor do they feel they are living in “primitive” conditions. Fabric batiking is being done the way it has always been done, and who are we to think that they should have “better” conditions, change the way they do things or think it is a shame they do things this way or that we are better because we have this, that, the other.
We can Not force our "WESTERN" way of doing things on another culture. Who are we to suggest that?
These people are happy! They are grateful that we love their fabrics, it is putting food in bellies and roofs over heads and education for children and braces on teeth, etc.
Those of us living a so-called “better” lifestyle ought to really step back and watch the people themselves. I know so many people in the USA, in Canada, in Europe with everything at our fingertips, and we are so BUSY BUSY BUSY and ungrateful for what we have—we could learn so much if we would quit judging other’s lives, living conditions, religious beliefs and ways of doing things.
I am amazed that these beautiful people stop 3 times a day to make offerings of gratitude. How many of us have trouble doing that once a week?
My hope is that we can continue to grow in understanding and respect one toward another without anyone saying “I can’t believe they do that, how terrible to live like that ---“ Do not judge, please! You are no better. Definitely no worse, but no one is better.
((Insert end-of-rant here!))
Along with the wax stamping --- many fabrics are screen printed. I’m sure you’ve all read on the selvage when it says ‘screen print” The screen printing here is also done by hand!
We wound our way through the factory to the area where screen printing was being done.
I’m sorry about the blurry photos, but I couldn’t ask them to stop and pose for me! Here, the second screen is being placed on top of the first to do the next coloring of the design.
Things need to be lined up just right!
This is a VERY short clip of how the dye is “squeegeed” from one side to the other, it’s a two person process!
For those who commented on the roosters crowing in a previous post, here is a shot for you:
This is where all the noise is coming from! I have fallen in love with this basket weave pattern…of course, do you see the design in the weave? Hexagons and equilateral triangles. Is this a quilt in my head? Maybe! Just maybe!
Here I am with Ketut, the factory owner. And yes, we all wanted HIS shirt!
Do me a favor and tell me to get rid of my shirt! It’s just not the best look for me :c/ It’s voluminous and I feel pregnant in it – I suppose I look pregnant too.
By the time this posts, I should be just leaving Los Angeles for Washington, Dulles!
There are many more stores to share……