Thursday, 30 March 2017

Story behind the batik wallets

I'll never tire of looking at and using these gorgeous fabrics when sewing pretty wallets for Ellie's Treasures.  Not only are they all such excellent quality materials, vibrant in colour and design and a true joy to work with, but they have a bit of history behind them too.

My mother and father-in-law spent time in the Far East during the 1960s and early 1970s, returning to the UK in 1972 and during that time, my mother-in-law began to collect these wonderful fabrics with the idea of using them to make clothes.

From the fabric swatches in the photo, the green and black fabric was turned into an elegant dress and the yellow with spotty black pattern was a bolero.

The remaining three beautifully patterned swatches have been cut from yards of Batik, designed and hand printed in Malaysia and Singapore.  I feel honoured to have been given these to use in my work, it makes each hand cut and hand sewn wallet all the more unique.

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