Style Glossary: The Batik and the Beautiful

This week, we’ll discuss batik! Considered a national art in Indonesia, batik is a wax-resist dying method that involves spreading wax on a fabric and then dip dying it. The results are beautiful – unique, one-of-a-kind patterns are created by natural cracks in the wax and multiple layers of dye.

While most batik-style patterns in popular fashion are recreations of the real thing – the vibrant style still translates. Our India Ink Batik Skirt, while not genuine batik, is a flirty way to get a chic boho look this Spring. Do you have a fashion term you’d like brought to light? Let me know! Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

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5 Responses to Style Glossary: The Batik and the Beautiful

  1. Madalynn 03/26/2009 at 2:52 pm #

    This made me smile.
    Last year in my Applied Drawing and Painting Class, we did Batik… and starting tomorrow, I’m doing it again! Taught by a man who lived in India for most of his life (and, he’s my Elementary School Art teacher!!!).

  2. Tara Lea 03/27/2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I really like this idea to include a fashion dictionary on the website featuring different styles of clothing or explaining how it is made. We all come to this website with a common interest… Fashion! Naturally anyone visiting ModCloth would enjoy learning new things about fashion. This addition would make me want to checkout Modcloth even more than I already do.

  3. Sabina 03/28/2009 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m craving more fashion terms! hehehe :)

    I was wondering, if it’s not too much to ask, could one of the next terms you explain be “boho”…”Boho”-chic”? I read all sorts of things online — how it’s a combination of bohemian and hippie or how actresses who were the first to put it out there were Sienna Miller and the Olsens — but I would like some reliable info…such as the one I know I get from Modcloth ;)

    Thanks and have a great week!

  4. Kiki 04/06/2009 at 4:20 am #

    I was wondering what exactly is callaed a bolero.
    I thought it was a very short jacket with long or 3/4 sleeves (covering just the middle of the bust – and back), but recently a saleswoman told me the bolero i wanted to buy was in fact a “spencer”.
    Maybe you could help with theses terms ?

    • KD 06/22/2011 at 7:31 pm #

      haha…3 years later…
      anyways, a Bolero has short or cap sleeves while a spencer has the long or 3/4 sleeves (think Jane Austen/Regency movies on women)

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