Unlike regular commercial fabrics, our handmade batik fabrics contain wax and dye and here are some tips to maintain your batik:
- Please avoid machine wash. Hand washing recommended.
- Do not use chlorine bleach, strong detergents or brighteners
- Avoid heavy wringing and twisting to squeeze out water
- Hang dry in shady area inside out
- Lerak is most ideal for washing batik
Bonus tip: For the first few washes, add a cap of white vinegar into water and wash your batik for not more than 5 minutes. This helps to maintain the colour and reduce bleeding if any.
It is common for batik to bleed excess dye and there's no hard and fast way to differentiate which batik bleeds and which ones don't.
Dye bleeding onto batik is an irreversible process. While Retayne may be used to help stop commercial fabrics from bleeding, you need to use hot water to activate and agitate the fabric for at least 20 minutes. This might not work for our batik pieces and it is not recommended to submerge and agitate our batik pieces in hot water.
However with the above little tips and tricks, we hope to be able to minimise any potential bleeding and maintain your batik purchase as a treasured possession for years to come.