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.