6 Nov 2023

The Tan Batik Community Enterprise: SCGC-endorsed Natural-Dyed Fabrics Towards Sustainability

The Tan Batik Community Enterprise, led by Tan and Pailin, originated from a group of batik fabric enthusiasts. They never cease in their quest for product development, continuously seeking new knowledge and skills to uplift the potential within their community. Their aim is to inspire the younger generation to admire and take pride in their local heritage products. The Tan Batik Community Enterprise is passionate about creating tie-dyed fabrics using natural dyes instead of chemical ones. Their initial venture into natural dyes began with the use of "indigo." This passion evolved into crafting various types of clothing from these dyed fabrics. Later, SCGC stepped in, recommending the integration of local characteristics into their products to add value and create a unique story.

The Tan Batik Community Enterprise explored using seawater in their dyeing process as a substitute for salt, amplifying their commitment to local authenticity. This led to the creation of the "Seawater Indigo" identity. They also integrated the "Flying Swan" pattern, inspired by the pediment of the ordination hall of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumpon in Rayong Province. This collaboration with the Rayong Cultural Office imprinted this pattern onto the fabric using screen printing techniques, which were then crafted into products.

Furthermore, SCGC introduced a project focusing on natural powder dyeing and printing in partnership with the ITAP program of NSTDA. The project received a grant of 300,000 baht for research and development. Expertise in natural dyes from Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon was shared with the community enterprise, enhancing their skills in crafting powdered dyes from natural sources. This knowledge transfer has led to remarkable progress in print designs. Additionally, they explored extracting colors from local Rayong fruits and herbs like mangosteen, mango leaves, mundu, safflower, and krung (Kerriidae). They studied different color extraction and dyeing techniques, diversifying their existing product range and resulting in increased revenue for the community enterprise. For more information, please visit:

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