|What is batik?
Batik is an ancient art form that originated in Indonesia. It is a process of fabric design that uses hot wax and colourful dye to create patterns. Wax is used to resist dye and waxed areas will remain white (unless dipped into another colour).
What kind of fabric is used?
At Caribelle Batik our clothing and wall hangings are made from 100% Sea Island Cotton. This is a soft, woven cotton, one of the finest in the world. A very small selection from our range is made from lightweight, breathable rayon. All of our items are pre-shrunk and colourfast.
How long does it take to make batik?
Batik is an exacting art form requiring a patient artist and a steady hand. Our products can take anywhere from 3 to 9 days, depending on the number of dyes to be used and the level of detail in each piece.
Where is the batik made?
All Caribelle Batik fabric is made on the grounds of the Romney Manor site in the Old Road village in St. Kitts. Some of our sewing operation is done on-site also, while some is produced at other local sewing salons. All Caribelle Batik staff are from St.Kitts.
How do I launder batik?
See the Care of Batik section of this site
Will the fabric shrink or fade?
Our garments are special items that deserve special care. If worn occasionally and properly laundered, your items can last a lifetime. The fabrics are guaranteed not to shrink, but intense exposure to sun or constant washing and drying will shorten the life of your batik and will likely lead to fading.
Can I order online?
We hope to have our online store opened on this site soon. Until then, please use the Contact Info section of our site to provide us with comments on the site or our products, and to contact us for ordering information.