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Evening Garden Batik Caftan
Item #25973
$80.00

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Skillfully hand dyed by Balinese batik artisans, whimsical bouquets and blossoms pattern this flowing Evening Garden Batik Caftan. This unique caftan is styled with a V-neckline and flutter-fringe side seams and can be worn as hostess ensemble or more simply for lounge. Rayon. Hand-dyed, so each will vary slightly.
This Evening Garden Batik Caftan is reminiscent of batik fabric in the Smithsonian's vast collection of Indonesian textiles at our National Museum of Natural History. Batik, the most well-known of Indonesia's textile techniques, is a resist-dye process employed most widely by the Javanese. The batik artist defines a pattern by applying warm beeswax to woven cloth. After the wax cools, the cloth is immersed in a dye bath and all areas except the waxed design take the dye.
Sizes, S/M (49.5"l.), L/XL (50.25"l.). Machine wash. Line dry.

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