Featured Artisan – Batiqua, Zimbabwe
At ANICHINI we are constantly searching for the genuine article. We seek authentic, thoughtfully produced, exceptionally crafted textiles. Textiles which are created in a sustainable and mindful way, in pursuit of a more ecological and ethical textile industry. We seek artisans who are hoping to create a better future.
This search brought us to BATIQUA
in Zimbabwe, a company which produces contemporary handcrafted batik textiles. Mixing traditional techniques and a modern aesthetic, these textiles are strikingly beautiful, with a story to match.
BATIQUA, (pronounced Ba-ti-ker: a noun for one who creates Batiks) was founded by Linda Makaza, who was born in Zimbabwe to artisan parents. Having had the opportunity to travel abroad, Linda saw an untapped opportunity to bring her family and community business to the global marketplace.
“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.
We are pleased to present a collection of BATIQUA’s table linens at our store in Quechee, Vermont. Available in four styles of runners, placemats, and napkins.
ANICHINI is proud to include BATIQUA in our collection of featured artisans. Their bright, contemporary batik table linens are available at our Quechee, Vermont store. Call or stop by for more information or to purchase.