When I typed the word "batik" the other day I think I frightened some. There is a lot of Woodstock and fanny pack-esque bastardizations out there. Let's leave those go, forever. Promise me?
When I traveled in Indonesia, I bought piles of magnificent batiks which I have used for all manner of items since: Sarongs, pillows, table coverings, art. These unbelieveably gorgeous pieces could sparkle with golds and silvers or several tonalities of one color. They bear no resemblence to the so called "batik" prints at many crafty venues. The Hostess tries not to think of such things for fear someone will have to break out the smelling salts.
Long story short: I'm here now and I could not find anything stateside which compared to the pieces I love most from Indo. Recently I found Batik Asia while looking for a big batik to fill a huge gilt frame. They are a good deal closer than any place else I have found, I hope you enjoy this interlude.
Just keep in mind: Batik print is generally not a treated fabric. It may not be colorfast, washable, or stable. Use it in places where it is regarded carefully because even hand washing may alter it for the worse.