Throw pillows are a great way to freshen up the look of your living space. Whether you would like to create a different vibe or add some flare to your old furniture, the multitude of colors and patterns that pillows come in, will help you accomplish a unique new look. For best results think outside the box: don’t go for the common styles, patterns and colors that everyone has in their homes, screaming IKEA or Crate & Barrel. Instead, consider batik. Batik fabrics can be used for DIY pillow projects, can be purchased as ready-made pillows, or can even be hand-made. Batik patterns and colors offer a wide spectrum of rich original colors and patterns the likeness of which you will not find anywhere else.
Whether you like geometrical patterns or pattens of stylized flowers, animals, people and mythical creatures batik has it all. While most batik fabrics that are available today are manufactured at a factory, they are still replicas of many of the original centuries- old ethnic patterns. Many of the ancient batik patterns have been lost, but today it is still possible for true batik connoisseurs to find original hand-made batik fabrics that are not mass produced.
Batik patterns are exquisitely detailed. Every line, dot and shape is filled with symbolic and cultural significance. Since original batiks were used primarily for religious and ceremonial purposes as well as for the royal family, every pattern was produced with great care and could take months to complete. Today, we can enjoy the timeless beauty of these fabrics in our own homes.
Batik fabrics offer a beautiful color pallet. For people who do not like flashy bright colors, these fabrics are a real gem. Most hues are bright yet soft at the same time, and will not be irritating eye sores in your living space. Traditional colors are primarily earth tones: rich hues of brown, red, orange, and yellow as well as gorgeous deep indigo blue. For many centuries these colors were all made from natural dyes, mixed from ingredients taken from the earth such as tree bark, leaves, berries, roots, vegetables, etc, producing natural colors that are difficult to replicate using modern chemical dyes. For people who enjoy brighter colors, batik fabrics from the later period, influenced by the Dutch and the Chinese, offer a new range of colors such as hues of pink, green, purple and light blue.
BATIK THROW PILLOWS : DIY
People who love to sow can great creative and make their own batik pillow covers from batik fabric. Batik fabric can be ordered on line from specialty fabric stores and is usually cotton. What is great about these bolts of fabric is that many of them are replicas of the ancient batik patterns and motifs that you will not find in store-bought batik pillows. You can also combine different patterns together for a unique quilted look. The added benefit of making your own pillow covers is that you can make your own custom sizes and then stuff the pillows yourself.
PURCHASE BATIK PILLOWS
Today there is a wide variety of batik pillows available on line. Many of them are handmade and imported from Indonesia (the original birthplace of batik), India, Thailand and Malaysia. It is possible to get cotton batik pillows for as low as 10 dollars and silk ones can as cost as much as $150 for one pillow. While modern batik pillows may not offer the detailed authentic look of original batik fabrics, they have the benefit of sporting more modern, minimalistic designs and brighter colors. Some artisans do still produce original batik patterns that can be recognized by their highly detailed, seamlessly flowing designs.
HAND MAKE BATIK PILLOWS
If you want exclusive batik pillow covers and have some time to spare, venture out and try making your very own batik. Blank pillow covers, wax, dyes and all necessary batik making tools are available in all major arts&crafts stores and there are plenty of books, on-line batik making guides and video tutorials on YouTube. Once you make your first batik you will gain a true appreciation of this ancient art form and will never look at piece of batik fabric the same way again.