Pillows and upholstery made from vintage batik fabrics have a one of a kind appeal. Hmong textiles, Dong Tribe Textiles, and most any Asian hill tribe vintage batik fabric will lend character and uniqueness to a space. Vintage batik fabrics from Asia often come in narrow widths because they were originally crafted to make into garments like skirts. Often, the vintage batik I source comes from a intricately pleated skirt. The skirt waistband is removed revealing yards of beautiful batik cloth when pressed flat.
Pillow covers made from Chinese batik textiles are versatile and pleasant additions to a bed or sofa. Larger pieces of vintage Chinese batik indigo were originally crafted for use as a bed cover. I find these Chinese bedcovers ranging from mint condition to very worn and distressed. Each type of vintage batik has it's own appeal wether you are decorating a vintage farm house, a traditional space, or a bohemian enclave. The pillow seen here was made from a Chinese indigo bed cover that was in excellent condition. It adds just the right touch of indigo blue color to the serine white linen bed.
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Vintage Chinese indigo batik is also called batik dot print or indigo dot print. The lace-like graphic keeps the motif from becoming to heavy. Lotus flowers, fans, leaves and fish are just a few of the symbols seen on a vintage Chinese Batik.
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Linear patterns are common for vintage batik pieces. The linear indigo batik patterns are also very versatile. The texture of the vintage hemp or linen base cloth creates a multi-dimensional surface.
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Vintage Asian Batik skirts such as this are a popular source for the desirable cloth. This skirt has a deep pink ribbon stitched on top. Sometimes these narrow ribbons are bright orange, hot pink, or black.
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This vintage Batik has been on a journey lasting many years. Once a lively and colorful indigo blue skirt, it's now a distressed cloth full of history and character. Someone will likely repurpose this hemp Batik cloth as wall art or pillow covers.
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My personal favorites are the vintage blue chinoiserie indigo batik textiles. Some are more distressed than others, but Chinese batiks look beautiful no matter what state of fading they are in. Vintage indigo batik cloth has a soothing blue that reminds me of the gorgeous porcelains created in the region for centuries.
photo: Morrissey Fabric
What would you create with a piece of vintage Asian batik cloth? Be sure to check my shop to be inspired by these lovely vintage batik textiles
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