New Yorkers: Need a Great Winter Activity? Try Hiho Batik!

February 18, 2013 in NYC

It’s President’s Day, and you know what that means…NO SCHOOL! Heck yes! If you’re in NYC, we know you’ll be looking for something to do with the family on your day off, and we have one recommendation that is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults: batik, the ancient method of using wax and dye to create images on fabric.

We can’t say enough great things about Hiho Batik, a retail shop and art studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where can you shop from Hiho’s own line of beautiful, bright, one-of-a-kind batik clothing for kids and adults, or you can get hands-on and make your own creation on the spot. It’s like tie dying and painting your own pottery joined forces for the ultimate DIY experience that’s great for practically all ages and skill levels.

In fact, Appaman loves Hiho so much that ¬†we went there for our own staff appreciation party…sans kids! (We weren’t kidding about the “all ages” thing.) What made our experience so great is how Hiho owner Julia Silver Gordon has broken down a potentially complicated and messy process into something anyone can do with great results.

Here’s how our trip went:

Here's the Appaman staff, off to Brooklyn

Here’s the Appaman staff, off to Brooklyn

Julia explains the process

Julia explains the process of transferring our sketches to fabric using the wax pens

 

The heated wax "pens" you use to draw your design on fabric.

The heated wax “pens” you use to draw your design on fabric.

Lynn and Stephanie are almost ready to start the dying process.

With their wax applied, Lynn and Stephanie are almost ready to start the dying process.

 

Summer, Alyssa, and Susan hard at work.

Summer, Alyssa, and Susan hard at work, tracing at the light table.

 

After coloring in the details with dye, we left the goods with Hiho to finish the process. They sent them to us, and here are the results!

After coloring in the details with dye, we left the goods with Hiho to finish the process. They sent them to us, and here are the results!

 

We love you, too!

We love you, too!