Sunset-inspired ombré colours, crafty batik lines and hand-to-sand communication were just some of our jumping off points for Cruise ’15. We looked at the practice of batik, which for almost 2000 years has been a method of printing using wax on fabric along with the centuries-old practice of sand drawing in Vanuatu
Ombré is all about transition. Dating back to the 19th Century, its beauty is in the simplicity of the colours moving from lighter tone to darker hues, blending and merging into one another. For us, it captures the sun fading into the horizon line or the infinite array of ocean blues, which is why we’ve used it in our new range including OB-T and swim shorts.
The provenance of this batik can be traced back 2000 years, with early examples found in India, Central America and the Far East. The fluidity of the wax and the slinky free-form process has captivated artists through the ages. The process involves decorating fabric by pouring wax through a Tjanting tool, dying it and heating up the wax to remove it. Vibrant patterns and tones build up as the wax protects areas of the cloth. Shrugging off its slightly hippie heritage, batik has been reimagined in more graphic designs, marrying artisan technique with modern aesthetics.
Shop our batik konig range of swim shorts and Pelham shirts here
Drawing in the sand remains as fundamental to a beach experience. In the Vanuatu archipelago the indigenous community have been using it to communicate among the different language groups. The sand patterns retain a wealth of information and are made using one finger to draw a continuous pattern, which is often geometric. The marriage of age-old art and modern aesthetic was the ideal starting point to inspire our new season prints.
Pacific Konig Batik Print
Riviera Tamanu Print
Aloha Konig Batik Print
Black Tamanu Print