Chinese Batik textiles have been a favorite of world-class interior designers and stylists for over a century. The durability of most Chinese batik fabrics lends itself to everything from upholstery to pillows. Most vintage pieces of Chinese batik, also called paste-resist, were not made from cotton but rather they were woven from hemp. Hemp is extremely durable and was therefore used for bed covers and outdoor garden seating in Asia.
The large indigo blue and white Chinese batik seen above is an example of a classic Chinese hill tribe pattern. This particular type of pattern is available in many similar variations. These batik textiles usually measure 76 to 84 inches long by 48 to 54 inches wide. The wide width is made by sewing three narrower panels of fabric together prior to the paste pattern application and the indigo dye process. If you look closely you will see the seams. These are part of the hand-made charm of these antique Chinese batik textiles.
A wing back chair gets a whole new look when reupholstered with indigo blue Chinese batik. It's likely that it took at least two large indigo batik textiles to upholster this grand chair. The addition of the batik pillow makes a nice compliment.
Chinese batik in gray is an update for this Chinoiserie textile. Originally indigo blue and white, a blend of hot water and various detergents turned this hemp cloth to gray. The repair patches add to the history of this vintage Chinese Batik fabric.
Vintage Chinese batik textiles sew up easily into pillows full of charm and style. The faded pieces are nice for a rustic romantic space. This type of Asian batik pillow also works in a coastal-style home because of the classic blue and white patterns.
For your next upholstery project consider using vintage Chinese batik textiles. These antique fabrics are usually made from hemp which is very durable. The indigo color will hold well because it's likely the blue and white batik has already been laundered dozens of times. I have found these vintage Chinese batik fabrics to be more durable than denim.
Not up for an entire chair upholstered out of these lively patterns? Then consider a pillow or two for a crisp addition to a global-style space or boho abode.
An evolving selection of vintage Chinese batik textiles is available in the Morrissey Fabric on line store. Also visit the Morrissey Fabric Etsy shop to find even more one-of-a-kind artisan-made vintage Chinese batik textiles.