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The Batik Boutique


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Batik is an ancient art that has been practiced for 2,000 years in southeast Asia. Alternatively spelled "batek", batik art exists in Indonesia, China, and parts of Africa.

This complex dyeing process creates beautiful, intricate designs that tell a story. The process uses dye-resistant wax to stamp or draw elaborate patterns and designs, and the wax is then washed to reveal the batik pattern. The process is repeated to create multiple colours through layering.

Batik Boutique began with a friendship between two women.

In 2009, Amy became friends with Ana, a single mother, who at the time was looking for more income to support her family.

They began brainstorming ways Ana could earn an income. When discovered Ana was able to sew, they bought some batik fabrics which Ana later transformed into unique gifts. Amy gave these gifts to her family and friends. Soon, words spread and with it came demands.

Amy founded Batik Boutique in the belief that women like Ana deserved a fair and sustainable income, and the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Batik Boutique's vision is to upskill and economically empower hundreds of artisans like Ana to produce hand-crafted, high-quality apparel, homeware and gifts.

Fast forward to today, Batik Boutique is an award-winning social enterprise created to disrupt the cycle of poverty in Malaysia. It empower artisans from marginalized communities to produce fair fashion, home goods, and accessories made from traditional batik fabrics.

Batik Boutique works with rural and urban batik artisans across Malaysia to create batik textiles on natural fibers. This fabric is then sent to the seamstresses at their training center to create products in designs that customers would love.

Through this model, they believe it is possible to alter the circumstances of marginalized communities by providing employment opportunities, sustainable incomes, and skills to achieve financial independence.

To date, they have worked with over 200 artisans and impacted the lives of more than 1,400 local beneficiaries. Each purchase from the customers directly benefits the artisan who handcrafted the products and helps weave change in the lives of their families and communities. Batik Boutique has won the MaGIC Amplify Award for Social Enterprise.

Batik Boutique has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!


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