The Random Writings of Rachel: Batik Dress

Batik Dress

batik dress

batik dress

batik dress

Compliment from Shiloh, one of the 4-year-olds: "Aunty Rachel! You look so beautiful! You look like a popstar! But...if only your dress was a little bit....shorter."

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Isn't it funny the kinds of things those kids notice?

I spotted this dress at the shop attached to a local batik factory. Batik is a method of dying patterned cloth that is native to this region of the world. I've always been a fan of batik, and have gotten to observe artists working on hand-drawn batik patterns in the past. It's incredible what they can do! This dress isn't hand-drawn batik, but the wax patterns were made with a stamp, repeated over and over again.

I fell in love with this dress at the shop, but you're really not supposed to buy things for yourself a few weeks before your birthday, and neither Angel, Anna, nor Lizzy (the ones who came out to the shop with me), seemed to show any interest in or appreciation for the dress, either, so I left it on the rack without even trying it on, assuming I'd never see it again.

Then...


Imagine my utter surprise when I opened it up on my birthday! The girls had finagled a way to make it back to the shop without me knowing about it and had bought the exact dress I'd had my eye on. It fit just the way I imagined--perfectly colorful and summery--appropriate for a land where summer never ends. I love the color, the neckline, the sleeves, and the length, too, regardless of Shiloh's opinion that I could approach popstar-dom if only the skirt were a few inches shorter...

15 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I'd love to see artists doing batik by hand; it looks like it would be a tedious but fascinating process.

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  2. Gorgeous dress and so neat to learn about batik. And that's the sweetest thing every that you got it for your birthday! I think you totally look like a popstar! :)

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  3. It's really pretty. Blue's my favourite! :)

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  4. This dress is beautiful! Little kids seriously say the funniest things. This weekend I was with some cousins at our family camp, and as one 4 y.o. was wading through the creek he said, "Don't worry, if you see white stuff (the foam that forms on the water) it's not pina coladas." Haha, I seriously don't know where they get stuff like that.

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  5. Glad your family has the sneaky gifting skills. The dress is perfect for you! And the bow! yay!

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  6. This dress is beautiful! Little kids seriously say the funniest things. This weekend I was with some cousins at our family camp, and as one 4 y.o. was wading through the creek he said, "Don't worry, if you see white stuff (the foam that forms on the water) it's not pina coladas." Haha, I seriously don't know where they get stuff like that.

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  7. Love the color & print of the dress!

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  8. That's so awesome of them, it's beautiful!
    x
    Missy
    Popofstyle.com

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  9. Cute dress, and you look totally adorable in it!

    http://www.wellwornsuitcase.com

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  10. This is adorable! Haha I love the things kids think.

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  11. what a sweet surprise! love when people secretly figure out a way to give gifts you've always wanted :) and as for the things kids say -- a little girl asked me what max's favorite food is the other day. i was like.. um... milk?? hehe :)

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  12. How cool they got it for you! You've gotta love friends like that. It's a very neat piece.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  13. Love your beautiful blue dress :)

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

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  14. That's a really pretty dress! I love the bow as well. :)
    Your blog is awesome; can't wait for your future posts!

    ❤ Blaze Ann
    www.p31beauty.blogspot.com

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