Before I start to write this post, I just wanna say... Happy birthday my lovely mommy! I love you so much! By the way, at this time I make an unusual mix and match. What kind of that mix and match? I was inspired by Indonesia's traditional material. I'm amazed by its wonderful motif and color. I always try to make it chic in my style in sketch. I also give the explanation of each material I used below. Curious? Check it out!
Reknown as a material that has structural color and motif in making, songket is spreaded over Indonesia especially in Lombok island - Nusa Tenggara Barat. Since VII century, Lombok people have been planting cotton and making some weaving material such as usap, umbak and songket material. Each of materials has its own utility at local traditional ceremony. Weaving songket itself has been a hereditary tradition for women at Desa Sukarara, Lombok-where belongs to the center of songket making. They make songket with a very simple weaving equipment-alat tenun gendong-and produce sarung material, belt (sashes), and scarf made from silk thread and bright cotton.The motif is traditional in floral and geometry shape. The simplest motif is roset motif that stacked regularly, zigzag or triangle on plain or plaid background.
Making songket is not an easy job. It is because songket has approximately 200 or more motives which have to be strongly remembered by the weaver. It is a must too to have perseverance, patience and high artistic taste in making songket.To make it easy, some of the weavers saves a few of example songket motif to show to the customer for order.
As you can see, I turn the red zigzag songket into a pretty jumpsuit. I have to admit that the real songket is more beautiful than songket in the picture. At least, I give you a depiction of the motif.
Batik Bogor Kujang Kijang
Bogor, a city that is famous by the tourist with its Tajur bag, makaroni bakar (grilled macaroni), asinan or apple pie, and Kebun Raya Bogor starts to develop Batik Bogor. In fact, batik in Bogor has been existed hundred years ago since Rakean Darmasiksa (1175-1927) ruled Sunda Kingdom. Batik Bogor modern motives which are being the characters of Bogor are kujang motif, Rafflesia Arnoldi flower, lotus and even Bogor palace picture. But the preferential one is Kujang Kijang. These motives are inspired by West Java's traditional weapon, Kujang. Kijang (deer) is one of Bogor's icon in Bogor Palace. Batik Bogor itself is developed by a Yogyakarta man named Siswaya (with his friend's help) who lives in Bogor for 25 years and dedicates himself to Bogor especially in Batik Bogor developing. To support the continuity of newly born Batik Bogor's life, the local government make an obligation to the private or public workers and students to wear the Batik Bogor's uniform.
Anyway, can you see the deer? :)
Tribal Headband and Ulap Doyo Shoes
Tribal headband is made from a circled braid added with fur while the shoes is made from Ulap Doyo material. Ulap Doyo is Kalimantan's traditional material from suku Dayak Benuaq. This material is made from plant fiber that is similar as pandan, tanaman doyo (Curculigo latifolia). I emphasize you that the real Ulap Doyo material is more beautiful than in the picture. :)