There are a number of factors have to be considered to give you a better chance of succeeding in the boutique clothing industry. Some of the factors include the location of the boutique, marketing strategies to be adopted, specialization area in retail fashion, hiring experienced staff and also offering high quality products. For example, in terms of the location of the boutique clothing, you would want to choose an optimal location,where there is fewer or no other boutique around and the demand is high.
In terms of offering quality products, Malaysian fabric is majorly considered high quality
and therefore preferred by a number of people. Various fabrics such as cotton, voile, rayon, silk and linen are often used for making clothes. Apart from the high quality nature of Malaysian fabric, the Malaysian batik, a type of cloth design is also very popular.
The Malaysian batik
The word “batik” means “writing in wax”. This textile design type involves the use of wax and
copper blocks to draw elaborate and exquisite patterns. Leaves and flowers and butterflies are the most popular themes employed in this technique.That is because Islam customs don’t allow or prohibit the use of animal images for decoration. Furthermore, geometrical designs such as spirals are also popular.
This is a design style that has a rich history among Malaysians and other people across the
world. For example, countries such as Nigeria, India, Philippines, China, Indonesia and Sri Lankar also well known for producing and selling batik.
By the accounts of several historical records, this technique for drawing fabric patterns did
not even originate in Malaysia. It is claimed that it is the Javanese batik makers who introduced it to Malaysia through the East Coast when they were migrating. That was around the 1920s.
The method of making Malaysian batik is quite different from the one practiced by the
Indonesian Javanese batik. The design pattern adopted by Malaysian batik is often larger and simpler. Apart from that, the colors used in fabrics are often lighter and more vibrant. Additionally,unlike Indonesian Javanese batik makers, Malaysian batik artists or makers use mostly the brush painting method to apply the colors on Malaysian fabric.
Types of Malaysian fabric batik
I. Hand-drawn batik
A metal object called canting is used to draw the designs on the Malaysian fabric using a hot
liquid wax. Once the wax outlines are done,the batik artist uses dyes to brush paint within the wax outlines. This is essential because shaded and multi-hued designs are able to be created by the batik artist.
Because of the exquisiteness of the hand drawn skill implemented here, this type of batik is
mostly used to make formal shirts and dresses. Apart from the two types of clothing, pareos, framed art and scarves using art of batik can also benefit from this design.
II. Block-printed batik
With this type of batik, instead of using canting, that is replaced with a wooden stamp or
copper block. Shirts and dresses for leisure activities greatly benefit from this type of batik design.
In terms of the pricing of the Malaysian fabric and unique print, hand printed costs more
than block printed type. The price per meter of hand printed fabrics can even be more than ten or twenty times the cost of block printed. That is because of the intricate delicacy implemented in its design.
The further growth of the Malaysian fabric batik has also been driven by the resolution of the
Malaysian government to approve it as a national dress. This makes sure that it would be largely promoted. With it being a national dress, just like the Malaysian culture and the national anthem, it will never go out of style and it also unique.
One important area that I also mentioned was that Malaysian fabric that is batik designed can
also be used for home decoration. Many households that appreciate this form of
art always have framed pictures of batik-designed clothes. Additionally, the
use of batik designs can be implemented on tables, book covers, table clothes,
pens, notebooks and bags.
In case you would like to acquire some of the batik skills, there are a number of classes
available from which you will be taught by batik artisans. Who knows, instead
of spending on buying quality and authentic Malaysian fabric, you can even find
yourself producing your own unique pieces with the skills imparted.