Each Bulan Project piece is hand-made, and in order to create consistency around the design, we created a pattern for the artists to work from.
The Wanderer design is made using batik — an ancient Balinese process where the design is hand-painted using a mixture of melted paraffin and beeswax.
While in CA, we fell in love with this fabric that had an ideal nubby texture and a soft, gentle drape. Getting the fabric from the US to the artists on a rice patty in Bali was… an adventure.
Here are two prototypes from Issue 01. We test fabrics, wax recipes, and dyeing time to get the right texture. For The Wanderer, the artists paint the design four times per side.
The waxed fabric is then soaked in a bath of crushed indigo leaves which come directly from the Indonesian Royal Family in an effort to preserve traditional Balinese craft.
Men assemble baths above fires. Each textile is repeatedly submerged to remove the wax. The textiles are then washed, ironed, hemmed, packed and shipped to San Francisco.