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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Hmong Batik Art

The Hmong are one of the hilltribes living in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. One of signatures of this group is their Batik Art used in their garments. The following photos reveal the process of creating this art. The base material is hemp and the dye is indigo.


The Artist’s Studio


The Wax used for resist dyeing


Hemp fibre and fabric


Tools – the pen& the pen holder



Dipping the pen into melted wax


Creating the Art


Note how the pen is held!



Pre & Post dyeing


The final garment – the skirt

The garment is usually crimped after the dyeing is complete and cross stitch embroidery is added.

An example of a crimped skirt made out of 8 metres:

Antique Crimped but non-batik Skirt of a related ethnic group the Miao from Guizhou, South West China (shown here just because the crimping effect is impressive)

Hilltribe textiles are exhibited in the wovensouls collection.

Read a similar article on ajrakh block print art here.

Read a similar article on the lifestyle of the Hilltribes of Northern Thailand here.

Read a similar article on Nagaland Tribes here


3 comments on “Hmong Batik Art

  1. Anonymous
    May 18, 2012

    Just beautiful, thank you for sharing a part of my culture’s history.

  2. wovensouls
    May 18, 2012

    My pleasure! And it is truly my good fortune to have been exposed to your culture… wishes in preserving it!

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