Steps from our marina is the Androsia Factory in Andros Town (not really a town). It is a Batik that has been made here in the Bahamas since 1973, and is the top export of Andros island. At our wedding we used Androsia fabric on our tables. So, Amelia was very excited to see more of the beautiful fabric in person.
Here is the official website on how the fabric is made: http://www.androsia.com/Factory.html
In the waxing room, hundreds of different designs hang on the walls and line the floors. They are hand-carved foam with wire and very intricate.
A lot of them are custom for different resorts, companies and restaurants all over the world.
The floor and everything around was covered in wax. While we stood there looking at all the designs, a couple came in with an employee and he started a demonstration. Soon, they were creating their own Batik. We asked if we cold join in. Even though we weren’t from a certain hotel he let Amelia make two panels of Batik.
The stamps are dipped in melted wax and then held down on the fabric for three seconds. It is hard not to get drops of wax everywhere!
There is also a writing utensil that holds wax. Amelia used it to draw and write on the fabric. Cursive came in really handy. (Still hard not to drip wax everywhere!)
When the designs were complete we headed to the dye room and picked out Periwinkle on the color chart. (Amelia had to compromise on a color and the other woman referenced this as her children’s favorite color so really Amelia had no choice. But the color turned out really nice!)
The fabric is dyed in these bins for about two hours, then they are washed many times at a high temperature to get rid of the wax.
Finally, the beautiful fabric is hung out to dry in the back of the factory!!
At the store, you can see the results of the various patterns and colors.
The next day, we picked up our Androsia that Amelia had created. What a great keepsake from our trip to Fresh Creek, Andros.
Fresh Creek has been a nice place to spend time. We walked a path out to an old lighthouse and climbed the rickety ladder to the top.
We also took our dinghy Raptor for a ride up Fresh Creek and came across a large mangrove stand on the South shore about thirty feet high. As we approached, we noticed someone had strung up parachutes and a cargo net to make it a play fort. What a comfortable hammock cargo netting makes!
Despite the lack of anchorages, Andros has been a nice surprise for us. It may have been different if we hadn’t stumbled upon the Batik lesson and Mangrove Fort, but Fresh Creek was by far our favorite stop in Andros, and you can see why.
Our current Velocir plan is to sail north tomorrow to Morgan’s Bluff, located on the north end of Andros. Then a calm weather window is coming and we plan to make it back to the States. It took us 80 days to get down here, and we want to get back to Annapolis in 45 days. Here we go!