Frida Batik Handpainted Tencel Kimono Wrap - Black

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Your batik handpainted and plant-dyed wearable Frida art comes with love stories of hope, power, empowerment - all of which symbolize Frida. Learn more in Love Stories of Giving below. This piece in flowy-Tencel™ allure is meant to reinvigorate you, and stand the test of time so it becomes part of your everyday life or so you could share. 

We know your friends will be asking so get ready to tell the Muntigunung women artisan's story below.  

Nature

100% batik handpainting: Using pure beeswax 

100% Tencel™: Sustainable fabric from responsible wood sources with a commendable reputation for its environmentally responsible closed loop production process. Good alternative to silk with its luxurious sheen and silky smoothness that glides lightly over your skin.  Breathable and feels cool and dry. Lightweight and slightly sheer but strong. Minimal static charge.

100% plant dyed: Black from ketapang leaves

A Love Story of Giving

We chose the women artisans of Muntigunung to handpaint Frida because we wished to boost their confidence in their newly-acquired batik painting skills. You see, Muntigunung is the poorest community in Bali. Kids walk miles to get to school. Families fetch water from 5 hours away. Villagers can't do farming - unlike the rest of Bali - because the land is too dry. Only motorbikes can go in on many dusty and unpaved roads. Then in 2004, Daniel Elber, a tourist from Switzerland gave them hope. He created a social enterprise that upskilled mothers and fathers so they can work, and elevate their lives. To the upskilled mothers who hand painted this Frida piece, this is wearable love. 

    Design

    • Made for longevity so you can wear it a lot or share. As a final layer to your breezy look - indoor or outdoor.
    • Featuring: Generous proportions from four meters of natural Tencel to give you a graceful drape . Two-meter cord belt in self-fabric to give you versatile styling. Wide shawl collar . Elongated wide sleeves and cuff . Rolled tab sleeves with mother of pearl button . Underarm split . Clean french seams throughout . Of course, two utility-style pockets . Comes with a reusable and reversible pouch made from donated fabric scraps.
    • Size: One size. Front chest: 36in * 91cm. Upper back: 26in * 67cm. Front Length: 53in * 135cm. Model Gita is 5'6" * 170 cm
    • Care for long-lasting plant-dye: Cold hand wash or machine wash with like colors. Use eco-friendly or gentle detergent. Air dry in the shade or tumble dry low. Dry clean not recommended as natural dyes react to heavy synthetic chemicals. Plant dyed colors will fade if left in the sun for a long time and washed in hot water. Mend when torn. 

    You become a donor

    Every purchase supports a cause as we share 50% of our net proceeds to the community. Together we help underprivileged children get the quality education they deserve at the eco-school we support in Bali. Learn more about our school mission in the blog.

    Celebrating Artisans

    This Frida piece is a beautiful duet of ancient batik painting and old fashion plant dyeing technique.  

    Indonesian batik is an icon of Indonesia. UNESCO noticed and included Indonesian batik in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2009 for its technique, symbolism and culture. Batik is wearable painting. Batik is the process of dyeing fabrics slowly by hand where batik artisans draw babat (story) onto the fabric with titik (dots) using the traditional tools of canting (spouted bowl) and malam (hot liquid beeswax). In modern art, it’s called resist-dyeing technique. Batik artisans enjoy meditation in the process as batik must be made with calmness and patience. 

    Plant dyeing is an age-old technique that we are obsessed to share to the world because it is beautiful and healthy. Plant dyeing is using natural dyes that are extracted from fresh plants and mixed by hand instead of synthetic chemicals made by machines. The process of harvesting, drying, mulching, and extracting the color from the plants, preparing the fabric, and the dye bathing take more time, effort and creativity.  Good for the health: Safer than synthetic dyes as they don't contain chemicals harmful to health. Good for the ecosystem: As plants can be regrown, they’re a renewable, low-cost source. Good for the heart: Fun and therapeutic, and has more room for artistry.

    Plant dyed, cut, sewn the traditional way in home-based family workshops in Bali that share our values for environmental and social responsibility.

    Aligning with UN SDG Goals

    We take pride in contributing to at least six of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; and Goal 15: Life on Land.

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