Batik Indigo Curtain – The “Double Dabu” Process

Saffron Marigold - Updated: February 16, 2021

Today, we’re taking a quick look at one of our popular blue block printed fabrics called Starry Nights.  Each piece is created using a form of batik called “double dabu” printing.  Rather than using wax resist, dabu is created using a finely sieved mud paste, which is applied to fabric using a printer’s block.  The fabric is then immersed in dye (in this case, pure indigo dye) and rinsed. The dabu process repeats to create layers of color.

blue batik curtains
Starry Nights batik cotton curtains

Double dabu fabric makes each piece unique. The process leaves behind what’s known as veining–tiny lines of dye that make their way under the paste. This adds to the richness and originality of the print.

If you love a global look and want to create a handcrafted, soulful space, then Starry Nights will speak to you.  Our curtains are affordable for you, yet created using fair trade principles, so you know that the wonderful artisans behind the scenes are being well compensated.