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  • Why are the colours different in some of the pictures?
    The product is hand printed in a traditional Batik dyeing process in Java and then sewn by our own seamstress Wayan, at her home in Bali. As each piece is hand-made, it is unique; meaning no two pieces will ever be identical and are exclusive just for you. Also, as each batch is dyed, there can be slight differences in the final colour. This is due to the amount of sunshine received on the cloth as it is dried outside. Each of your purchases will contribute to supporting local communities through education. We sincerely appreciate your kindness.
  • How do you wash batik cotton and linen for the first time?
    Our batik products in cotton and our linens are washed once before being ready for sale. This minimises subsequent shrinkage and ensures that the colours have been made fast. However, the colours WILL bleed, so you must wash the colours separately. Hand wash if possible using gentle fabric soap. Or, if you use a washing machine, wash on low temperature (max 30 degrees) on a gentle spin cycle. Air dry, or flat dry inside and if you must tumble dry - please dry gently. Cool iron if desired. Do not bleach. The fabrics we use are hand made and should be treated gently. To ensure that the rich colours remain strong, spot clean if necessary.
  • Should I mix my batik products with other fabrics when washing?
    Islands and Oceans Batik cotton and linen is prewashed before customers receive them. However, it is advisable to wash our items separately from other clothing and fabric items in case small amounts of residual dyes are present.
  • Will my products fade in the sunlight?
    Your new homewares are made of natural products and will last for many, many years. However, like all fabrics it can be affected by UV light from the sun if left out in the open air for very long periods. Users are advised not to leave tablecloths in the open air for longer than 6 hours at a time.
  • Is Islands and Oceans batik fabric 100% Indonesian Cotton?
    The cotton fabric used for our batik is typically the tightest weave and highest thread count cotton you can buy. It is 100% pure cotton from Java.
  • What are the two main types of batik?
    There are two main types of batik in Bali today; hand-painted and block printed. These types differ in production techniques, motif and aesthetic expression, and are often classified according to the tool that has been used. At Islands & Oceans our artisans use the copper hand stamped method. Please see on videos to view the wax process.
  • What does batik symbolize?
    Most motifs on batik cloths from coastal areas are in the form of as butterflies (symbols of love) and birds (happiness), as well as flowers, including the lotus (perfection) and peony (love). Our motif - Bali Mandala, is interpreted as a central radiating light that brings wholeness, unique, and exotic beauty. Our designer Nea who resides in Bali, has given her own special twist in this interpretation where the Mandala shape resembles the form of stars and flowers. ​
  • Is our batik handmade?
    Our batik fabrics are handmade using traditional, authentic, Indonesian wax resist art of batik making methods; hand stamped, and hand dyed by artisans. Each creation of batik fabric, is a unique, individually handcrafted piece of fabric art.
  • Will the dye run?
    Although natural, the dyes we use are ‘fast” colour dyes, they are resistant to running and are waterproof. Please avoid direct contact with corrosive liquids and oils as they can cause damage.
  • RAL Numbers for our fabric colours
    Cottons: Indigo RAL 5003 Ruby RAL 4010 Amethyst RAL 4006 Emerald RAL 6003 Azure RAL 5012 Linens: Ash RAL: 7001 Indigo RAL 5003 Moss RAL 6003 Pewter RAL 7011 Ochre RAL 2013 Our artisans in Java and Bali have the RAL numbers above to work with, but we must stress that each batch of material (cotton and linen) will colour slightly different as the weather will cause slight variations. Indonesia has two distinct seasons, hot and wet and hot and dry. All the fabric is dyed in open sided buildings and then dried outside. This of course is a traditional way of dying and ensures that each batch is a work of art in itself, we are very grateful that we are able to use such beautifully created lengths of fabric for our homewares. Every item it unique, we thank the artisans in Java and Bali for their skills and dedication to this art form. Take a look at our videos showing our batik production.
  • What is linen?
    Linen is best described as a fabric that is made from very fine fibres, derived from the flax plant. These fibres are carefully extracted, spun into yarn, and then woven into long sheets of comfortable, durable fabric called linen fabric.
  • Should you iron linen?
    There really is no need to iron linen garments, unless they have become really crushed. In fact, we love the inherent natural creases and crumples – they are what give linen its relaxed, soft feel. ... But if you do want to iron your linen products, please use a gentle heat and ideally iron on the reverse.
  • Is the cotton used by Islands and Oceans different to normal cotton?
    Yes, it is! Our cotton is Samporis and it is only used by very few manufacturers because it costs more than double the price of the cheaper type. Our cotton is thicker and heavier which in turn makes the Batik smoother and more striking in appearance. This gives the finished items a much brighter and more attractive look as the dyes emphasise the superior quality of the cloth. Most cotton goods are made from a mass produced cotton variety known as Santio which is very economical, thinner and lighter.
  • Does linen shrink in the dryer?
    Over drying linen can also cause shrinkage. Linen should never be tumble dried on high heat, which not only can cause the fibres to shrink, but break altogether. Instead, dry linens in a dryer on low heat or if possible dry naturally in open air.
  • How many times are Islands and Oceans Tablecloths washed before delivery to customers?
    All of our tablecloths have been washed three (3) times prior to delivery. Once after the initial dyeing process, then again after the batik hand printing process to remove wax, then finally after the hems and seams have been sewn. This eliminates future shrinkage.
  • What are the beach baskets made from?
    Mendong grass. The Mendong plant is an aquatic plant with the Latin name Fimbristylis glubolusa, it is found all over south Asia. It is harvested and used as raw material for making bags, lamp shades, hats and mats.
  • Is Bali a Buddhist country?
    Though Bali is a multi-religious island, most of the people on the island follow Balinese Hinduism which is a fusion of Indian and local Bali customs and culture. Muslim, Christianity, and Buddhism are a few other minority religions on the island.
  • What is the culture in Bali?
    The Balinese people follow a form of Hinduism known as Agama Hindu Dharma. Balinese culture and religion impact almost every aspect of life on the island and draws people to Bali to see and experience it. An important belief of Balinese Hinduism is that elements of mother nature are influenced by spirit.
  • Is the Teak and Acacia wood from a certified and sustainable source?
    The Teak and Acacia which is made into our kitchenwares, come from a supplier in Ubud, in central Bali. The wood is hand carved from local supplies of old building timbers and old tree roots. Teak is the more expensive of the two woods, so the larger pieces we offer, for example the salad bowls, are made from Acacia wood. All the items we offer are hand processed out of one piece of wood by local artisans in Ubud. The company has accreditation for export from Bali and we use a reputable Balinese shipping company to oversee the importation into the UK. The company we use, works extensively with disabled adults in the local area, providing stable working conditions and secure employment. We have visited the company and are very happy with what we have been shown, we believe this fits with our ethical business.
  • How do you look after and wash your Teak and Acacia Kitchenwares?
    Wash your Teak and Acacia homewares in warm soapy water immediately after use. Pat dry with a cloth and let air dry. Rub with a slice of lemon and allow to air dry if strong flavours have seeped into the wood. Apply olive oil to the wood once in a while to prevent the wood from cracking or drying out.
  • Can I put my Teak and Acacia kitchenwares in the dishwasher?
    Please do not do this. Wash in warm soapy water immediately after use. Pat dry with a cloth and let air dry. Rub with a slice of lemon and allow to air dry if strong flavours have seeped into the wood. Apply olive oil to the wood once in a while to prevent the wood from cracking or drying out.
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