A few weeks back, I took the kids to Hiho Batik for some fun DIY tee shirt making. Jason has been traveling a ton for work and our weekends seem to go by pretty slow, so I am always trying to do things with the kids to keep them occupied. Hiho Batik was the perfect place for Ryder and Siella to get their creative minds flowing. Gemma, of course, not old enough looked on while her older siblings created their beautiful tees.
Hiho Batik’s founder, Julia Silver Gordon, has been fascinated by the ancient art of batik, which is the use of wax and dyes to create an image. The best part about batik is that it is a very forgiving art and therefore is a naturally wonderful medium, especially for children. The store originated in Miami but now lives in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Hiho Batik is not just an art space but a retail shop as well, offering people of all ages one-of-a-kind products. There’s a wide variety of garments, accessories, and designs are all handmade onsite, as well as fun toys in the front of the shop.
Here’s how the Batik 4 step process works..First, draw your design on a piece of tracing paper. Next, using the hot wax, trace the outline of your design onto the shirt or object you are working with. Both Ryder and Siella were a tad young for this process, but Julia was amazing guiding them and keeping them involved in the entire process. Then comes the fun part, painting the design with dyes, the wax is now hardened and your colors will go around the design made of wax. And finally, dying the final piece of cloth. The wax simply gets washed out in the process and you are left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Hiho does the final step of dying in their machines. The process leads to the production of soft, durable apparel that is also super fun to wear and the garments are ready within a week to pick up.
It was such a fun day for us and the kids did not want to leave. Hiho Batik has an amazing art space that is perfect for hosting groups for special events with friends or birthday parties. At parties, each guest personalizes a design that is either their creation or chosen from one of ours. It is the perfect space, I am already thinking ahead to Ryder’s birthday party and we cannot wait to go back again!
For more information visit www.hihobatik.com
SITC was not compensated for this post but did receive complimentary tee shirt making.