Baobab Batik is a social enterprise based in Swaziland, Southern Africa, founded by Els Hooft in 1991. Hooft wanted to follow her passion of creating batiks, as well as offering sustainable work opportunities for women. Since then Baobab Batik has evolved into a thriving enterprise employing 35 artisans full time.
Baobab Batik’s focus is on home décor and accessories, using the traditional batik method; artisans apply melted wax onto fabric before dyers add each colour by hand. This process is repeated several times to create multicoloured, vibrant designs. The wax is removed by boiling, and the batik fabric is sewn into cushion covers, wall hangings, table linen, and scarves – all handmade by highly skilled artisans. As members of Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT), Baobab Batik adhere to fair trade principles.