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3 Ways Buying Batik can Empower Women this International Women’s Day

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day (IWD) and is a celebration of women, their achievements, and the roles they occupy in society. Beyond being leaders, employees, and everything in between – women are our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. And to celebrate them, we must take the opportunity IWD presents to reflect on how we are creating an equitable society for the women in our lives.

The annual recognition of IWD is important at Batik Boutique. As a woman-led business with purpose, Batik Boutique exists to alter the circumstances of marginalised women in Malaysia by providing employment opportunities, sustainable incomes, and skills to achieve financial independence. 

While celebrating the women in your life this IWD, it is also important to consider the power you hold in your purchase. By shopping with Batik Boutique, you’ll not only get a free eco-dyed scrunchie for every purchase of RM300 and above from their collection of Women’s Apparel, but you’ll also be making a difference in the lives of women in Malaysia.

Here’s how:

1. Creating fair and sustainable jobs
Batik Boutique creates meaningful employment by working closely with their artisans to understand their personal and familial needs, setting their working hours and financial goals. Eight formerly unemployed and financially vulnerable women are currently employed in full-time roles at the Batik Boutique sewing centre.

2. Paying above a living wage
It’s a familiar but sad fact: a decent wage and safe working conditions are not a priority for big brands or fast fashion. Batik Boutique believes that people who work hard should not have to live in poverty. Batik Boutique artisans earn an average income that is 40% higher than the industry rate resulting in dignified work.

3.  Investing in the development of women
Beyond sewing skills, Batik Boutique’s artisans are trained in financial literacy and goal setting. They hold quarterly reviews with their seamstresses to assist them in setting their own goals for the following time period. This ensures their artisans are equipped with skills to plan for a future beyond Batik Boutique and for the next generation of Malaysians.

This social enterprise has formed relationships, nurtured skills, and built trust with their artisans. To date, they worked with over 200 artisans and impacted the lives of more than 1,400 local beneficiaries. These women are empowered and make choices for themselves and their families. And they are also hand-crafting beautiful, intricately designed batik apparel and accessories –  like wearing art for you to enjoy.


Join us this month and shop with purpose at Batik Boutique to receive a free eco-dyed scrunchie for every purchase of RM300 and above from the collection of Women’s Apparel.

Happy International Women’s Day from the team at Batik Boutique.

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