The Batik Boutique is a social enterprise that employs women from lower income group as seamstress. We design and source Malaysian batik, then women sew the batik in their homes or in our sewing training center using our designs. We pay the seamstresses per piece. Malaysian corporations and US fair-trade companies order our products, and we sell on consignment and wholesale in stores worldwide. Its vision is to impact communities through becoming a premier Malaysian batik gift company, while its mission is to provide sustainable and accessible income to vulnerable women, while helping revive the traditional art form of batik in Malaysia.
Amy moved to Malaysia with her family in 2007. Her enterprise’s story began in 2009 when she met Ana, a single mom struggling to raise her two children. In learning her story and struggles, Amy learned that there are many women in similar situations that need help to provide for their families. And then Amy made an important discovery: each of the women had access to a sewing machine. This realization, combined with a dream of creating a business that impacts others, led to the beginnings of The Batik Boutique.