is a catalogue of batik patterns and color combinations made by David Bali. All batik is hand stamped with wax and dyed with natural plant dyes derived from plant materials including INDIGO (see photos) grown in Indonesia.
Most of the batik swatches shown are detail photos of garments in order to give an idea of the size/scale of the batik pattern. A few patterns are photos of fabric, not made into garments.
David Bali Batiks are done on natural fibers including cotton, silk, linen, ramie, lyocell (also knows as Tencel) and bamboo. Different weights and weaves of these fabrics are used.
Not all of our batik options are shown on the items in the MENS,WOMENS, SHAWLS, SARONGS pages but most of the items can be custom ordered – look for the product marked “Custom Order”. You can choose the other options (size, fabric) and once you add to your cart and go to “Check Out” you will see a box marked “Order Notes” on the top right. Just write in the “Swatch code” shown below.
D. Bali SWATCH Samples
The top image is the bronze/copper batik cap (pron: chop) which means “stamp” for our SWATCH code: “PS” which is shown below the stamp dyed in indigo on white cotton. The stamp is dipped in hot melted wax and stamped onto the fabric. The fabric swatch is the result after the fabric is dyed in indigo and the wax is removed. This is an old stamp found in a market in north Java. The pattern is a version of the traditional “megamendung” (“cloud”) motif which likely came to Java (and the pre-colonial Indonesian islands) with Buddhism. You see the cloud motif in Tibetan, Chinese, Burmese, Thai imagery. Each of the SWATCH motifs below have a similar story. They were collected from markets, closed batik studios, and later some were custom made. The men who make these stamps are themselves craftsmen/artists. D. BALI has a collection of almost 200 old batik stamps — considered “rescued” .