If you've strolled down 5th Ave recently, you might be wondering what a Hiho Batik actually is. At first glance, it looks like a cute, colorful shop full of unique, handmade clothing. And it is! But if you step back a bit further into their Make Your Own space, it's so much more…
Last night, the lovely ladies of Hiho Batik invited the Elite Squad out to get our batik on! If you're not familiar with the ancient art of batik, it's a practice where you use wax and dyes to create an image (you can either create your own design or use/modify one of their many templates). After your design is finalized, with their expert help, you put it on any number of items (t-shirts, bags, pillowcases etc) and then it's all yours!
Best of all, batik is FUN. It's a great excuse to get together with friends and have blast, and that's just what we did. A little bit of Brooklyn pizza, a little BYOBeer (and if you're ambitious and talented like my man Rony M, Manchurian Mules!) and a room full of good company…basically Hiho Batik knows how to throw a good party, and we found out that Yelp really is crafty.
Personally, as many of the people who came out last night can attest, I'm not the craftiest guy out there. But as Vanessa O says, "Batik printing was really fun, yet totally a craft activity that anyone could do." I'm going to wait until next week to see how my inferior design actually turns out, but I can definitely report that they have all sorts of awesome items for sale: we bought ourselves a little onesie on the way out…too tough to pass up.
You can absolutely book your own crafting party in the back room, and Robyn, Julia and Hayley will take great care of you. A huge thanks to those ladies and everyone that made it out!