Featured Artisans – Batiqua, Zimbabwe
“BATIQUA is the culmination of my calling to empower the lives of those around me and my passion for using creativity as a microphone to voice hope and my fascination with my indigenous Zimbabwean culture.
Many are waiting for Zimbabwe to be a better country. BATIQUA is a catalyst of that desired change, to present quality contemporary Zimbabwean handcrafts, to empower the artisan & to create sustainable communities.”
These artisanal Batik prints are made using the Sadza technique (also called porridge resist) which is indigenous to this region. Locally grown corn meal starch is used instead of much more costly wax to create the resist designs. The porridge cracks as it dries, giving the distinctive texture we see on the napkins, runners, and placemats. All these products represent a life, culture, and a people. At least 8 pairs of hands touch each piece, imparting individual creativity and humanity.