Redefining the future of batik art
Since its inception, FERN's mission has always been to celebrate while challenging the art of batik making.
A pioneer in redefining its techniques, the label has been challenging the industry by bringing a more contemporary approach to this ancient art form. Using sponge, brushes, drops, and eccentric vibrant colour combinations, FERN has successfully taken the industry to another journey.
FERN also believes in collective initiative and community. The brand has been supporting local artisans in its pursuit of fine craftsmanship. For certain collections, FERN has collaborated with Malaysian block printing makers to keep pushing forward the boundaries of batik.
Creating the intricate batik pieces we present to you comes with a thorough process behind the scenes.
We begin every new collection by going through a pattern making trial, creating different variations of what we are inspired by for the collection. We want to ensure that every print we create best portrays the story that we are telling in terms of colours and prints, while complementing our silhouette and style before putting them to the works.
"We repeat the same process with our dye as every artisan will know that every little bit makes a difference. While it may take a longer process doing so, we strongly stand by our belief that good things take time."
Once the prints and colours are set, we move on to the painting process where we start to see our vision, which we have been working on for months, finally come to life.
It takes half a day for our fabrics to dry and another half to set it with treatment, before we can move on to the boiling and rinsing process.
While self manufacturing batik fabrics may be a tedious task, we choose to create our batik hands on, as the process, story, and culture becomes more meaningful this way.