Batik Indigo Clutch

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Hints of Royal Blue – Batik Indigo Clutch from Chiang Mai

Metiisto Fashion considers indigo blue to be our absolute favorite color, preferably matched with brown earthen tones. When applying natural dyes to a piece of cloth, magic transpires! Whether it be on scarves, clothing, or this excellent batik indigo clutch, the result is resplendent!

This artisan indigo clutch from Khun Mint – with its playful, geometrical floral print – measures 20×10 centimeters. A total of  5 internal compartments are provided, with slots for your credit cards and a zipper-protected inner pouch for coins or precious items. Are you looking for something a bit larger? How about our Handbags Cotton Gerard Collection?

With an average thickness of 4 centimeters, this artisan indigo handbag is comfortable to hold in your hand while shopping. The zipper runs across the body’s length and both sides, ensuring full protection when closed and full accessibility when opened. Convenience and practical use are always key to good design, regardless of aesthetics, don’t you agree?

Batik, and its Hmong Influencers

Batik, a resist dye technique using beeswax, is known internationally and applied all over the Asian continent. Though, the combination of indigo and batik is typical for the northern and northeastern parts of Thailand.

Khun Mint stands at the forefront of traditional batik printing on indigo-dyed fabrics in Chiang Mai. Together with her family, originally of Hmong descent, they’ve expanded their traditional cloth-making into various items.

The ethnically diverse Hmong originate from the Miao people of China. They have their distinct language and culture, as well as weaving traditions, of course.

Batik is one of these traditions on which the Hmong have stamped their own identity, literally. Though batik is well-known worldwide and a technique used in many countries, through the application of beeswax and indigo, the Hmong people create unique geometrical patterns that relate to their tribal identity, as you can see on this batik indigo purse.

With an artisan’s eye for detail, Khun Mint’s young mind is directed towards the future and providing a livelihood for her extended family. All this while also supporting her community and crafting quality products with a traditional flair for the international market.

Are you looking for an indigo batik purse or belt, a batik indigo clutch or wrap, an indigo tote bag, or other cotton utility items? Khun Mint has it all! And so do we! If you’re looking for more inspiration and indigo products, have a look at this scarf.

Indigo Dyeing – The Process

The primary use for indigo is as a dye for cotton yarn, mainly for denim cloth production in blue jeans. On average, a pair of blue jean pants requires 3 to 12 grams of indigo. Artisans only use small amounts for dyeing wool and silk. Several plants contain indigo, but low concentrations of the dye often make the color unstable.

Without becoming too technical, we’d like to give you a little insight into the production of indigo blue, as used with our indigo batik clutch. The dye is initially obtained by fermenting the plant’s leaves in water, converting the chemical indican – naturally present in the plant – to the blue dye indigotin. The leftover solids from this container are collected and dried. You can buy this type of indigo in the DIY shops as a blue powder or chunks of light blue chalk.

This dry indigo pigment does not readily activate in water. To do its magic, you need to mix it with a strong base, such as lye. Then the indigo dye will bond to the fabric fibers on a molecular level. By exposing the threads to the air, the pigment oxidizes, transforming it to show its magical blue hues. The intensity of the coloration is defined by the number of times you dye the fabric and how long you expose it to the atmosphere in between baths. A final rinse with normal water will halt the process, revealing a royal blue like on our batik indigo purse.

This is just one of many methods used for obtaining indigo blue pigment and one of the methods to apply it. If you would like more information on the whole process, have a look at this website.

Additional information

Colors

Indigo Blue

Pigment & dyes

Indigo

Material

Cotton