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Batik Fabrics

I have never used Batik fabrics and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on care, do the fabrics easily fade?, tips or suggestions??

Published Fri, Mar 9 2012 9:26 PM by Kathy M. Boice
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# re: Batik Fabrics@ Friday, March 9, 2012 10:58 PM

most of the batiks you get in good quilt shops today are pretty color fast.  i treat them just like i treat all my fabric.   they used to bleed quite a bit, but i haven't seen that as much of a problem in the past several years.

by gini

# re: Batik Fabrics@ Saturday, March 10, 2012 7:27 AM

Batik fabrics are resist dyed, so the color is the same on the front and the back. The fabric tends to be a tighter weave, as well. Most true batik fabrics are made in the Pacific Islands by hand. I have seen some fabric advertised as batiks that are really printed designs.

I do not do anything special with my batiks compared to other fabrics. I always test for colorfastness with red value fabrics, whether batik or not. I have had problems with bleeding and do not trust that differences or changes in manufacturing won't cause this to happen again.

by Pamela

# re: Batik Fabrics@ Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:23 PM

Thank you Gini and Pamela. I found some Batiks on sale at JoAnn's. There are two yards, one of each color. Reg. $17.98 for 8.97. They sem to have washed up ok. I am not sure what pattern I will use but since they are colorful, I might use them in a quilt for a younger person.