Hoffman’s Me+You brand and its line of Indah Solids & Batiks have set a high bar for hand-dyed quilting fabrics. The batik processes employed at their factory in Bali are second-to-none when it comes to making the world’s best hand-dyed solids and modern batiks. Me+You is designed for those who seek unsurpassed quality, exciting and fresh colors, and artistic textures for their modern and contemporary-style quilt projects.
Their process in Bali is thoughtful, conscientious and sustainable. They start with the highest-quality greige (aka gray) goods (100% cotton fabric) that is ready to be given life with color. They then hand-dye each piece of fabric with their color-rich formulas. To create their batiks, the artisans at the factory engrave a metal stamp for each design. Next, the batiker dips the stamp (aka “chop”) in hot wax and stamps the fabric to create the batik. The wax is then melted off in hot water. They recycle the leftover wax to be used again in another design.
Next, the fabric spends some time in the Balinese sunshine to bring out the richest colors. As the fabrics sunbathe, the rinse water with exhausted dyes and bits of wax is run through a modern water-filtration system. The water runs through a series of filters and cisterns. Once the water is clean and at a natural pH level (yes, they test it), the water can be released into the environment. This is Hoffman’s Planet Positive effort to keep our world healthy.