What is Pemako?

 

Pemako is born from passion for both art and nature. I use Batik technique in organic way, with beeswax drawing and natural colors dyeing.

All of my textiles are painted and dyed by hand. Each one is unique and made with heart. I personally take care of all the process of production, from carefully choosing the best textiles till creating the nice package that arrives to your hands.

I believe that clothes can be a form of art, so choosing what we wear is the first artistic decision that we make every morning.

 

 

Drawing with canting

Drawing with canting

Dyeing with indigo in Indonesia

Dyeing with natural colors in Indonesia

 

 

 

What is Batik?

 

Batik is a very old textile decoration technique. It consists in painting the fabric with hot wax, then dyeing it with color, finally removing the wax in boiling water so the wax painted areas will remain without color (we can call it a "negative painting" technique). Process is usually very long and can last from few days to few months (or even years!) depending on how complex is the pattern and how many colors are used.

The roots of Batik are ancient and no one knows where and when it started, nevertheless it was most highly developed in Indonesia, especially in Java island, where Batik culture is still very strong and present in everyday life. In 2009 UNESCO designated Indonesian Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Batik patterns are always drawn with hot wax, and there are two main techniques for doing it: Batik Tulis (written batik - patterns are drawn with a very precise and small tool called canting) and Batik Cap (patterns are made with stamps - usually made with copper, but can also be wood or even paper). Batik Tulis is considered by Indonesians a female work, because it requires a lot of patience and precision, while Batik Cap is thought as a male work considering that copper stamps are very heavy.

Batik technique is not easy, because mistakes in painting with the hot wax are almost impossible to delete. Usually, the process of applying wax and then dyeing has to be repeated many times for each textile. For its precision, beauty and patience required Batik can be considered as a way of meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

Environment friendly technique

 

I am proud to use for my Batiks only beeswax and natural colors extracted from plants. I love nature and it is important for me to create in a way which is the most considerate of the environment.

Using natural colors makes the process even longer, it can last from days to few weeks to reach a deep color with many dyeing baths. Textiles are even more unique, because it is impossible to reproduce the exact color - each one is a bit different.

 

 

 

 

 

About me

 

Hi! I am Marta, a painter and textile lover. I started working with Batik while I was studying painting at University of Arts in Poznań.

I went few times to Indonesia to extend my knowledge, and I spent long periods on Java Island, considered the Batik heart. On Java I had the chance to study straight from the local people who work with this technique from ages, passing its experience through generations.

Marta Wegiel