Just a quick good news for my country! I accidentally saw this spring 2010 collection by Dries Van Notes... and caught some familiar local patterns. It's our Indonesian batik cloth applied on the clothes! What a happy little news. These are definitely not the common way of dressing on batik for most Indonesian, but few days ago (on October 2nd) UNESCO had officially selected Indonesian Batik as one of the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage, written off in a list together with other recognized-cultural pride from other countries - which made me, as other Indonesian also, feel proud and glad - so this not-so-coinsidence fact that I just saw on Style.Com is a small beautiful addition to our country's happiness. Or me, personally.
Well, being brought to the international runway make the pattern application is a bit and lot different from the basic or genuine one (that originally made by hands - it's a wax-resistant dyeing technique used to create the pattern... but due to the modern advances of textile industry, we also have 'printed-batik' made by the fabric machines, like those on the picture above, I believe)... If I should choose, I like the handmade cloth better since it has the old, classic and more traditional sense. But still a good news to hear! Even these kind of outfit on the photos are not vintage, not so my-signature-style taste, and I wouldn't be dare enough to wear such colours, but these are another side of beauty. And it brought my national heritage to the world! <3
(written in a rush from a little corner of my favorite coffeshop downtown)