Many Indonesian labels have incorporated batik in various styles of clothing, presenting contemporary and trendy designs unlike passé batik clothes. For this reason, batik has become more wearable as the daily choice of many young people as it suits their fashion sensibilities. So here we have rounded up seven Indonesian batik labels that have come out with modern togs that deserve your attention.
Sejauh Mata Memandang
Sejauh Mata Memandang works closely with master artisans from Sumba, Bali, and Java, and incorporates textiles made with traditional techniques to its clothing. Better yet, each pattern has a different story behind it. The brand’s clothes are lightweight and thus are more than wearable as daily wear. With an array of designs to choose from, Sejauh Mata Memandang is a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.
Locations: The Goods Dept, Pacific Place and Lippo Mall Kemang; The Good Things In Life, Pondok Indah; dia.lo.gue, Kemang; Alun Alun Indonesia, Grand Indonesia.
IKAT Indonesia by Didiet Maulana
Established by fashion designer Didiet Maulana, IKAT Indonesia aims to bring Indonesia’s cultural heritage to a wider audience through the brand’s modern designs. IKAT Indonesia boasts designs that combine simplicity and minimalism. The brand uses mainly tenun ikat fabric to create chic and versatile women’s wear in order to promote the fabric widely and thus have it become more accepted by the world. IKAT Indonesia is available online: click here.
Established in 2015, Warangka Batik has the vision of promoting Indonesian heritage in the fashion industry through its modern designs. Its collection ranges from easy-to-wear batik with incorporations of modern and minimalistic fashion trends, creating batik staples for women’s daily wear. With a variety of styles and colours to choose from, Warangka Batik is a label you should keep an eye on.
Locations: Alun Alun Indonesia, Central Park and Kemang Village; Lost & Found Shoppe, Kelapa Gading.
Oemah Etnik has a mission to promote Indonesian culture and educate customers about the story behind every piece of its clothing. These stories consist of the origins of and the processes involved in making the clothing. From this, the value of each piece is reinforced. Oemah Etnik ensures that the clothes it offers are versatile and comfortable to be worn daily by using mostly lightweight materials. Get to know more about this brand here.
Locations: Metro Department Store, Plaza Senayan.
DAYS by Danar Hadi
DAYS by Danar Hadi specialises in batik for young adults with its unique designs. Its clothing styles are easy-to-wear, unique, and versatile. The brand takes daily wear to the next level with fun and contemporary designs. DAYS by Danar Hadi also boasts a variety of bold and colourful clothes that will make you stand out in a crowd. See more of the brand’s collections here.
Locations: DAYS store, Melawai, Radensaleh, Tebet, Pondok Indah Mall, Lippo Mall Puri, Bintaro JayaXchange; Pendopo, Living World; Central Department Store, Grand Indonesia.
Established in 2013, Populo Batik delivers a modern take on traditional Indonesian batik through its approach to patterns, colours, and silhouettes. The brand strives to preserve, maintain, and further develop the art of handmade Indonesian batik craftsmanship. Populo Batik works closely with small artist workshops in order to maintain the most sustainable, fair, and eco-friendly supply chain. Aside from men’s and women’s clothing, the brand also offers batik accessories such as pouches in adorable animal forms.
Locations: Populo Batik Showroom, Hang Lekir.
Named after the translation of “old scripture” in Sanskrit, Purana commits to integrate artworks by Indonesian artisans and combining them with modern silhouettes, patterns, and colours. Purana features relaxed loose batik pieces that are comfortable, multi-functional, and multi-style—providing flexibility for all women in all sizes. The brand experiments with traditional batik techniques, hand weaving, tie-dyeing, and modern geometrical motifs while incorporating paintings into fabrics, make for unique ready-to-wear pieces that reflect its commitment to local artisanship. Purana is available through its e-commerce partner: click here.