BC: DEPARTED | INDONESIA | 22 MAY 2013
FC: Young Colors Story INDONESIA
1: BALI | INDONESIA | ARRIVED 28 APR 1998 | Situated in the middle of the world’s largest archipelago, Bali is Indonesia’s best-known island and is like no other destination in the world.
2: We took our first trip to Bali in 1995. We fell in love with the island and the people. Its rich culture plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the other-worldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide.
4: BATIK FABRIC The core of Young Colors is our fabrics: unique colors and fabric motifs specifically designed by Donna.
7: Making Batik Fabric | Balinese Batik was influenced by neighboring Javanese Batik and is relatively recent compared to the latter island, having been stimulated by the tourism industry and consequent rising demand for souvenirs (since the early 20th century). In addition to the traditional wax-resist dye technique and industrial techniques such as the stamp (cap) and painting, Balinese batik sometimes utilizes ikat (tie dye). Balinese Batik is characterized by bright and vibrant colors, while the tie dye technique blends into a smooth gradation of color with many shades.
8: artistic process | BATIK
9: Batik; Indonesian: is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique.
10: BATIK | artisan fabric | ancient art form
11: BATIK MAKING The word batik (pronounced Bateek) means "wax written" and this is basically what batik is. It is a way of decorating cloth by covering part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the cloth. The waxed area keeps its original color and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed area makes the pattern.
13: Our screen print fabrics are still hand stamped with large table size screens by 2 people on either side of the table. We can layer from 2 - 7 colors with this screen printing process. The fabric is quality checked with a light box table. | SCREEN PRINT FABRIC
14: SEARCHING FOR FABRICS Looking for new fabrics is always an adventure. On our last trip the new fabrics I ordered were weighed on an antique scale and we payed by the kilo - instead of measuring by the meter.
16: CROCHET | SUPPORT A VILLAGE With every hat order you are not just sponsoring a child ...you are supporting whole villages. Not to mention we are sustaining a 2nd generation family business started by a mother for her son & his family.
18: WE CAN'T CHANGE THE WHOLE WORLD BUT WE CAN HELP TO IMPROVE ONE SMALL PART OF IT. Our manager, Putu, has been with us since the beginning when we started in October 1998. His first home was so flimsy I thought it would fall over when I leaned up against the wall. The conditions were not good. We knew we had to help them. And so Young Colors "back story" is our long term commitment to improving the lives of those we work with through our company. The beautiful thing is each of our customers is part of that story as well. THANK-YOU for helping us help them! | YC BALI STAFF
19: On these pages are the newest home/YC office/workshop for Putu & his family of 5 and during the day the YC Bali crew of 18.
20: YC BALI OFFICE All of our patterns & cutting are done in-house. Our patterns live in a room all their own. Our quality control includes checking size specs, colors, seams, etc. We pick & pack each customers order with care - check & dbl check! And if something does not meet our "best quality" standards - we won't ship it until it's right.
22: YC Bali Staff Photo Along with Putu, our manager, (2nd from right back row) several of our staff have been with us for years through the ups and downs. It's a mutual commitment.
24: Creating Colorful Children's Clothing since 1998