Hand Batiked Textiles

 

Textile Transformation Using Wax and Dye

Batik is a textile technique that has been practiced in Ghana for generations, typically by women. The method is commonly taught in local vocational programs, but it’s also shared from mother to daughter or may be learned through a teacher/apprentice relationship. Handmade batik textiles may be found in most markets around Ghana, but it is difficult for artists to price their pieces competitively with printed lookalike imports. Even if the price is right, there is often more product than there is local demand. By including batik textile design and production in the Global Mamas supply chain we provide sustainable demand and fair wages for both batikers and seamstresses producing our distinctive textile goods.

Learn more about the process we use and the history of batik in the links below. Ready for some hands-on experience? Sign up for one of our batik workshops in Ghana to learn from one of the experts!

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Batik Process

Batik (pronounced ba-teek) is an ancient fabric art in which a hot wax resist is painted or stamped onto fabric then dyed. Dye seeping through cracks in the hardened wax before it's melted off creates the unique "crackled" look batik is known for. 

 

Learn the Batiking process

 


 
Batiking process
 

Certified Organic Cotton

Global Mamas initially sourced cotton fabric from a local waxprint factory in Ghana. In late 2017 when this company went out of business we committed to finding a new GOTS Certified supplier for our base material. 

 

Learn the Organic Cotton certification process

 

Certified Organic Cotton
 

History of Batik

From Egyptian mummies to European traders arriving on the Gold Coast with their 'woven cargoes' from Java- the history of batik in West Africa has a fascinating story. FInd out more about the evolution of this technique in Ghana over the centuries. 

 

Learn the History of Batik

 

History of Batik
 
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Global Mamas: Grace

Batiking Mamas

After completing junior high school, Grace enrolled in a vocational school to learn how to batik. Following graduation, she heard about the opportunity to join Global Mamas from a friend. Grace enjoys her work at Global Mamas; she says she prefers the dyes because they don’t fade over time and she loves seeing her fabrics transformed into products. Her favorite batik designs are zig zag and fisheye; Grace also designed her own pattern for a contest to create a uniform for seamstresses and batikers in Ashaiman. Grace dreams of one day opening her own large batik shop. When she’s not batiking at Global Mamas, Grace enjoys spending time with her daughter Clementina and supporting her dream of becoming a doctor.

I like working in teams and trying new techniques together.”

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