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Thread: Batiks - Telling Front From Back

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    Batiks - Telling Front From Back

    My sister says there is a definite back to a batik fabric. I have fairly good eyesight, but unless it has the original fold I find it difficult to tell. I have bought about 17 different ones recently and both sides look pretty much the same to me. Is it because they do a really good job printing them? Should I be concerned when I'm sewing them together?
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    I'm with you. I can't tell the difference and often choose batiks specifically because there is no right or wrong side.

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    I agree, most batiks don't really have a "wrong side!!"
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    I'm with you. I can't tell the difference and often choose batiks specifically because there is no right or wrong side.
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    the last ones I used, a couple of them had a right and wrong side, only showed in natural daylight though, one side looked brighter than the other so I stuck labels on all the pieces as I cut them!!!! normally though, I would agree that both sides are very much the same

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    I think it's possible there are some fabrics that are printed to look like batiks, and this may be what your sister is talking about.

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    If you look closely, you can sometimes see that the pattern will be a little more prominent on one side than the other. Also, that the shades may be a little more vibrant or muted from one side to the other.

    Just in case there is a difference, what I do is put a safety pin on the wrong side ... or mark X with a chalk to help me keep track.
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    The way they are made the dye soaks all the way through the fabric and sets the same so it is much the same all the way through. When I lived in the Far East our wives club went on a tour of where they were dying batiks and the fabric was really soaked all the way through with the dye. They were doing it by hand. I am not sure how the machine dyed ones are made.

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    I do as QuiltE and mark with chalk which side I think is the wrong side. But I have many times just cut my pieces and let the individual pieces tell me which side to use.
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    Hard to tell on lots of them ~ and hey I paid for both sides!
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    I'm a total "batik head". Most often you can't tell the difference between sides except for some vibrancy changes or design prominence. I find that sometimes I will like the "wrong" side better than the "right" side! As stated in an earlier post, I paid for both sides so I use either.

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