Well, really – could you have resisted these extraordinary fabrics? Our resist-dyed blue cotton poplin fabric is one of two colourways of a fabric that was sold to us under the heading of ‘Batik’. Now – we’re not specialists in ethnic dye techniques, but although we’d concur that some form of resist-dying technique has been used to create this amazing marbled conflagration of blues and mauves, it’s not a batik fabric. There are no finely-drawn dye-free areas and this resist-dyed blue cotton poplin fabric has no obvious pattern repeat. However we can confirm that these fabrics do indeed originate in Indonesia – and their rich colours are testament to the authenticity of this origin.
As poplins go, our resist-dyed blue cotton poplin fabric is teetering on the edge between a medium and a light weight cotton dress fabric. However it’s finely woven and so has very good opacity for its weight and colour. It has a refined, crisp handle and holds a shape nicely without being in the least bulky or stiff. You can see how it behaves in this video.
We still have several weeks of summery weather ahead of us – and in fact the ethnic nature of this resist-dyed blue cotton poplin fabric means that it stands aside from any specific fashion trend. We think it will look as stunning in the summer in three or five years time as it does now.
Our garment of choice would be a fairly fitted summer dress with a bit of structure – although you could opt for a shirt, a top – even summer trousers or shorts, such is the opacity of this resist-dyed blue cotton poplin fabric. You’d need to incorporate plenty of ease in your design since this is a poplin and not a drill – but they’d be fabulous by the beach or at your favourite festival.
We think sundresses like this classic Vintage Vogue Patterm 8974 would be too good an opportunity to miss. We love those straps and the potential to make a bit of a statement…
Wash at 30 or 40 degrees – see our Fabric care pages for more information.