Nancy Cogen first learned about batik while taking homemaker classes at the Y across the street in the late 60s.
The craft has its roots in Indonesian culture, dating back about 2,000 years.
But Nancy wasn't a natural at first.
"Heavens no. I gave the first piece away, I couldn't stand it," Cogen said.
But she improved and opened her first shop on Atlantic Avenue 39 years ago and has since opened a second location on the same avenue. Her daughter Tammy has worked at her side for about 20 years.
"Sometimes we have arguments about how a new design should look, but usually I win," said Tammy.
The Brooklyn Bridge is the most popular design request.
The fun, hippie-inspired designs keep customers coming back whether it's for the nostalgia or for other reasons.For more information please visit: http://www.nancybatik.com/home.html