Sought after by celebrities and all kinds of women looking for authenticity, ANTIK BATIK has become an emblem of bohemian-chic living.
Gabriella Cortese, Italian by birth and Parisian by adoption, has criss-crossed the globe. As an eighteen-year-old art student in search of freedom, Gabriella discovered Paris and its wild nightlife. Then, like the artists who went off to study the classics in the 19th century, she left for Tibet, on trail of Alexandra David-Néel and the last of the psychedelic dandies on the Silk Road. In Bali, the thousand-year-old batik technique for printing silk inspired her to create her first range of pareos. Taking the word batik, Gabriella added antik,
for the rhyme, and because it sounded good in all languages. Having discovered India, she explored other techniques: embroidery and bandhani, an artisanal dyeing process. In 1992, ANTIK BATIK was born.
She borrows decorative extravagance from Art Nouveau. Lustrous decorations, stylized floral patterns and geometric prints inspired by the Russian avant-garde fill her creations with history. The explosion of colors in the summer collections evoke the bohemian elegance of aristocrats such as Talitha Getty in Tangiers and Marisa Berenson in Ibiza at the end of the sixties.
The finest ANTIK BATIK pieces require several days of work. Each handmade piece is unique. ANTIK BATIK works with around twenty ateliers around the world. They are a guarantee of quality for the brand, who in turn divide their requirements between their different suppliers.
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