Riley Blake Designs batiks are ethically sourced and made with the highest quality Indonesian poplin-like fabric of superior weave and finish. Each hand-dyed print is designed and developed by cultivating relationships with true batik artisans in Indonesia.
Our well-crafted batiks are produced in state-of-the-art facilities with the best Tjap designers and makers, color experts, and stamp prodigies. From conception to completion, each fabric has been meticulously designed for your creative and colorful imagination.
In our first release, you’ll discover 120 beautiful Tjaps, 41 coordinating Elementals, and 154 stunning and vibrant Hand-dyes. From quilts, apparel, and home décor projects, our first release will inspire and delight everyone from the most experienced sewist to those exploring the wonderful world of this centuries-old fabric printing technique for the first time.
Why Buy & Create with Expressions, Batiks by RBD?
- Ethically sourced
- Highest quality Indonesian poplin-like fabric
- Superior weave & finish
- Made by true artisans
- Available October 2022
Tjap, pronounced “chop” is a batik fabric stamp created with thin strips of copper that are manipulated by hand into florals, geometrics, or other motifs. These beautiful motifs are then welded onto a metal base. These motifs are typically denser and medium or large in design. Color combinations vary for more depth and movement.
The art of batik making has been around for centuries. To create breathtaking batiks, a copper Tjap is dipped into melted wax and skillfully stamped onto hand-dyed fabric. The wax sets into the fibers and conceals the color of the hand-dye. The fabric is then prepared for a second layer of color. Once the fabric has dried in the bright Indonesian sunshine, the fabric soaks in a hot bath to remove the wax from the fibers to reveal the striking and colorful design underneath.
Click here to explore the Tjaps Storyboard.
Elementals, simply said, are beautiful blenders. These small scale, typically geometric Tjap prints complement larger Tjap prints and hand-dyes alike. Usually tonal or low volume in nature. Elementals add texture and movement without clear defination or drawing attention to themselves.
Click here to explore the Elementals Storyboard.
Hand-dyes, are a time-honored craft that add color and depth to fabric without applying any specific motif or repeating pattern. Applied by hand, the dye is compleltly entrenched into the fibers for a rich and dazzling saturation of color. The painterly nature of a hand-dye is achieved by scrunching or folding the fabric before applying the dye. Hand-dyes are both monochromtic or multichromatic.
Click here to explore the Hand-Dyes Storyboard.
Limited Edition Precuts
We’re thrilled to present exclusive, limited edition precuts with the launch of Expressions, Batiks by Riley Blake Designs. Our world-class precuts (Rolie Polies, 5” and 10” Stackers, and Fat Quarter Bundles) are the perfect accessory and work seamlessly into so many beautiful projects.
Click here to explore the Precuts Storyboard.
Projects to Inspire & Delight
Well-known designers from across the country have created breathtaking quilt projects featuring Expressions, Batiks by RBD. From traditional to modern and oh-so chic, these curated quilt projects are perfect for just about every sewist.
For Shop Owners, these projects make great exclusive shop kits, block of the month programs and so much more!
We can’t wait to see what you make!
- Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs
- Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilt Designs
- Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop
- Judy and Judel Niemeyer of Quiltworx
- Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts
- Raija Solomaa of Quilter’s Treasure Chest
Click here to see amazing projects from these well-known designers.