The Most Surprising Fashion Week Event

It’s totally not what – or where – you’d expect

Adrian Gan - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Adrian Gan - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Soko Wiyanto - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Soko Wiyanto - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Yuana Tanaya - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Yuana Tanaya - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Yongki Budisutisna - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Yongki Budisutisna - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Soeljtipto Hoeidjaja - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Soeljtipto Hoeidjaja - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Rinda Salmun - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Rinda Salmun - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Rama Dauhan - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Rama Dauhan - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Priyo Oktaviano - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Priyo Oktaviano - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Michelle Maryam - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Michelle Maryam - Batik Fashion Week 2015

MaZuki - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

MaZuki - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Jenahara - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Jenahara - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Jeffry Tan - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Jeffry Tan - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Hartono Gan - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Hartono Gan - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Gloria Agatha - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Gloria Agatha - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Didi Budiarjo - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Didi Budiarjo - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Danny Satriadi-Batik-Fashion-Week-2015
06 Oct 2015

Danny Satriadi-Batik-Fashion-Week-2015

Danjyo Hoji - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Danjyo Hoji - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Chossy Latu - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Chossy Latu - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Anthony Tandiyono - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Anthony Tandiyono - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Amelia Kartikasari - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Amelia Kartikasari - Batik Fashion Week 2015

Barli Asmara - Batik Fashion Week 2015
06 Oct 2015

Barli Asmara - Batik Fashion Week 2015

As Celine, Dior, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga et al sent their Spring-Summer 2016 collections floating down runways in Paris last week, another huddle of designers was doing the same closer to home.

Inside Jakarta’s Gandaria City Mall, Didi Budiardjo, Adrian Gan, Yuana Tanaya, Yongki Budisutisna and 18 other respected Indonesian designers were marking the country’s first Batik Fashion Week with shows celebrating the traditional fabric.

Now, before your mind automatically links the word “batik” with the unfashionable sarongs your mother used to bounce you in as a kid, know this: The aim of the event, held from 2 to 4 October, was to reintroduce batik as a fabric that can be tailored to suit our modern lives.

As such, what went down the catwalk were designs that were surprisingly progressive and wearable; looks that could take anyone anywhere, from weekend brunch to a ball.

Personally, what we love best about the clothes is that they centre around a fabric that many of us here in Asia have a connection with. Who needs pseudo tribal trinkets when you have something as authentic as this at your doorstep?

Click through the gallery above for a sampling of the best of Batik Fashion Week 2015.

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