Where To Buy Affordable Batik Hand Painted Clothing And Art In Florida. I named my business Batik Bliss because I’m following my bliss. My world is about color. How it vibrates with me and when I was a little girl I loved to draw and paint and make clothes for my dolls.
Fast forward to today. I discovered painting on fabric around 1988 and began painting on silk. First I began making silk scarves, which became more and more elaborate. Then started doing local art shows and sold to upscale boutiques. One day a returning customer said to me, you’ll never guess what I did with your scarf? She proceeded to tell me she had framed it as a piece of wall art.
After about 25yrs I decided to reduce my travels being in my mid 60’s and just stick to Florida. My next adventure, on holiday in Bali Indonesia, I fell in love with hand painted batik fabric. Brought loads home with me and designed and made cloths from the Batik sarongs for my self. My friends loved the skirts and encouraged me to sell them. I went back to Bali and found a small family business to work with, they will paint the fabric in colors I choose and ship to the USA aboard a ship in containers.
So what is Baltik fabric?
A tradition of making batik is found in various countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Nigeria; the Batik of Indonesia, however, may be the best-known.
Indonesian batik made in the island of Java has a long history of acculturation, with diverse patterns influenced by a variety of cultures, and is the most developed in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship
Now I have found a home at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. and held every Sunday, from 9am to 1pm. My booth displays my lithographs, designer batik skirts, and scarves.
I love what I do and I’m grateful for my many blessings. You can also catch me occasionally at the St. Petersburg, Florida, Saturday mornings at the market. The dates for St. Pete can be found on my web site www.RitaVanGorder.com