Monday, April 10, 2017

Travel Treasure

wrap around skirt
circa 1979
Thirty-eight years ago, this wrap around skirt was purchased after I toured a batik factory in Malaysia. The batik dyeing process intrigued me then and still does.

Today, quilt shops offer a wide selection of gorgeous batiks; however, the fabric was not common in the United States until the mid-90s.

I enjoyed wearing the skirt for several years and loved it so much that I tucked it in the cedar chest when it no longer fit. Recently, I found the skirt and decided to take it apart and salvage as many of the squares as possible.

Perhaps this stack of batik squares will become a table topper, a pillow, or placemats. No matter how I decide to use the squares, this souvenir fabric will remind me of many wonderful adventures.

batik scraps ready to be squared


11 comments:

  1. Oh what fun! I'm betting you were often stopped on the street and complimented on your skirt when you wore it. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects. What a wonderful way to recycle and to continue to enjoy those pretty fabrics.

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  2. Gorgeous fabrics! And a great idea to salvage them and make them into something else. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

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  3. What a great idea and better then being in a chest.

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  4. Oh I LOVE Batik. I can't wait to see what you create Nancy! Good thing you cut it because I was going to offer to be its next owner!

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  5. That surely is a treasure!! Fun that you are re-purposing the fabrics!

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  6. That is a perfect use of the squares! How fun! I can only imagine the memories you have from wearing it.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. It's wonderful that you are able to take it apart and reuse the fabric. The colors are GORGEOUS! Won't that make a BEAUTIFUL autumn table runner or wall hanging!

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  8. What a great ideal to use some of those gorgeous fabrics - that skirt has a lot of happy memories. Like the other commenters, I'm waiting to see what you do with the squares. There will be plenty of fabric for several projects, I expect.

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  9. I love batik fabric. One of my first retail jobs was for an importing retail company and I remember saving a portion of my paycheck to use towards a batik tank top with my company discount!

    Later my old coworker made me a beautiful batik quilt with a white background. I haven't taken it off my bedroom wall since it was gifted to me after I had my son. :)

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  10. That is incredibly cool. And you should definitely make something from the squares you are cutting. In 1968 or so my dad brought me some batik from somewhere in Pacific. I doubt it was Bali but his ship was somewhere he could get it. At a mere 115 pounds I made a great jump suit for myself. I got rid of the jumpsuit but I still have pieces of the fabric left. I need to drag it out of its hiding place and add it to my batiks.

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  11. A beautiful skirt and it will make a beautiful quilt project. Great idea!

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