Excited to introduce to you authentic tribal hand-stamped batik, made with natural hand-woven cotton and hand-dyed with locally grown plants in Thailand. It might become your new favorite runner for big tea gatherings.
The batik dyeing process includes handmade stamps that had different sizes for making patterns. They dip it into beeswax harvested from local forests. The beeswax melted over a clay pot of fire which in time will turn black. They then print their traditional patterns on hand-woven cotton fabric. Artist gradually covers the entire surface of the fabric in a symmetrical design that starts from the edges.
After the pattern is drawn, fabric dipped into plant dye which also harvested in Thailand. From here the process can take days to weeks depending on the preferred hue of color. Dip, then hang dry, and dip again, the patterned cotton is repeatedly cold-soaked and sun-dried. To obtain the intense color, the dipping and dyeing process must be repeated three to four times per day, ideally up to 40 times over a month-long period. Finally, the fabric is boiled to melt away the wax. The pattern then appears in white. Ta-da!
What a beautiful and slow process each piece is!
Size 65 x 14 in / 165 x 37 cm.
Side A and B as on photos, backside has the same pattern but less noticeable, which sometimes could be the perfect stage for tea too. Please, try both sides.
A chabu/runner is the foundation of your tea stage. Please be sure to iron it before using for the best results. Old school I know, but necessary.
Keeping it limited
Number of chabu was made: 3
Care for teaware is a small online company, so everything is made in incredibly limited runs. That means that any piece you buy here you are not going to see all over the places, only a few other people in the world might own one.