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Jaunted - The Pop Culture Travel Guide, November 2008 by Jennifer Baggett
"The Art of Androsia"
You’ve seen them used as beach blankets. You’ve watched women tie them around their bikini-clad waists. Perhaps your college roommate even used one as a wall hanging. Give up? The answer is batik ...
Luckily the Birch Family, who founded Small Hope Bay Lodge, where I was staying for the week, was also the brainchild behind Androsia, an original batik fabric and garment manufacturing company on the island. As loyal consumers to, well, themselves, everything from the cottage bedspreads to the staff uniforms were drenched in vibrant shades of magenta, aquamarine and canary yellow and accented with an array of exotic prints featuring turtles, seashells, hibiscus flowers and hummingbirds ...
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(Magazine for Bahamas Fast Ferries)
It's Batik Baby - Beauty and the Bolt
By Suzanne Murphy-Larronde
The Bahamas' Natural Beauty comes to life in Androsian Batik ...
Bring it Home - Best Buys on the Big Island
Written by Rich Rubin
Photos by David MacGillivray
Andros - the Bahamas' largest island and one of its least explored - is a well-known destination for diving, snorkeling, bird-watching, bonefishing and shopping. Did I say shopping? OK, so maybe Andros isn't as well-known for buying as it is for boating - but it should be. The island offers some fantastic finds, such as the Bahamas' finest straw work and woodcarvings, and the colorful Androsia batiks, all at straight-from-the-source prices.
By the Blot
Text and photos by Suzanne Murphy-Larronde
"All across the sun-lit archipelago of the Bahamas, it seems that just about everyone from toddlers to grownups owns at least one item made from the striking, hand-batiked fabric known as Androsia. but locals aren't the only ones fueling this hot fashion trend. Attracted by its crisp good looks and made-in-the-Bahamas label, growing numbers of international shoppers are also snapping up Androsia's distinctive line of clothing and accessory items in shops throughout the islands and, most recently, via the internet".
Junkanoo Magazine- July 2002
Cottage Industries' Goods Spread Bahamian Culture
What to Do - Nassau 2002
Caribbean Travel and Life - May 2001
"Of Mermaids and Monsters" by Steve Harris Photography by Chris Crumley
"Bahamas' own Batik" - by Maxine Rose Schur
"The late Dick Birch, the visionary who founded the friendly eco-resort Small Hope Bay Lodge, built the Androsia Batik factory nearly 30 years ago. Using Indonesian techniques, Birch and three workers dyed fabric in old bathtubs at the lodge ... Their unique designs incorporate the shells, birds, flowers, and fish of Andros and are hand-printed in brilliant jewel-like colors that stay bright for decades. Androsia fabrics are worn by locals, taken home by tourists, and favored by interior decorators who mix and match the bright colors and patterns for the ultimate in Caribbean style".
Island Scene- Vol 3/No. 2, 2001
"Wrapped up in the ART of Batik"
by Janis Frawley-Holler
Photography by Darrel Hollar