HMONG INDIGO BATIK
Batik geometric designs on indigo-dyed hemp or cotton is a hallmark of the 'Blue' Hmong. Traditionally used as fabric for a young girls' pleated skirt on her new year costume, designs utilise straight lines only.
Before dyeing, liquid wax is drawn on the raw cloth with a home-made pen, which is held facing backwards on the palm of the hand. Lines are drawn with arm movements and not with the wrist. Skilled batik artists (Hmong women) use no pattern or ruler to guide them.