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Fashion 10 Indie Brands That Show Off The Versatile Side Of Batik

10 Indie Brands That Show Off The Versatile Side Of Batik

10 Indie Brands That Show Off The Versatile Side Of Batik
By Tania Jayatilaka
By Tania Jayatilaka
July 22, 2019
From batik hoop earrings to hand-blocked blazers, be inspired by 10 local brands on unique ways to style this treasured textile with contemporary flair.

1/10 Batika By Hudaa

Photo: @wear.batika/Instagram
Photo: @wear.batika/Instagram

If you’re a member of the camp that longs for a revival of the iconic Baju Kebaya in our time, you’ll fit right in with Batika by Hudaa founder Noorul-Hudaa Abdul Rahman.

Of Sarawakian and Indonesian heritage, this artistic entrepreneur is determined to give batik a new lease of life in a contemporary setting – discover her pleated batik skirt and kebaya designs here.  

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2/10 Suria Artisan Batik

Photo: @suriaartisanbatik/Instagram
Photo: @suriaartisanbatik/Instagram

Known for its chic collaborations with brands like Frankitas and Manek Beads, Suria Artisan Batik’s designs take inspiration from the rainforests of Malaysia, reworking those eye-catching hand-blocked patterns into stunning kaftans, blouses, dresses, scarves and more resort wear items that have made their rounds at luxe destinations like The St. Regis Langkawi, The Andaman Langkawi and Robinsons Malaysia.    

Discover Suria Artisan Batik’s latest collections here.

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3/10 The Sarong Malaysia

Photo: @thesarongmalaysia/Instagram
Photo: @thesarongmalaysia/Instagram

Men, it's time to up your dressing game where batik is concerned. Partnering with batik makers in Terengganu and Kelantan, The Sarong Malaysia reinterprets those gorgeous prints into sleek 3-finger button down collared shirts and denim jackets in various colours for men.  

Click here to find out more.

4/10 Saarat

Today, Saarat is a brand that’s synonymous with sleek, reversible Batik soles that are casual, sporty and elegant all in one.

Saarat’s chic wears have been proudly donned by prominent ladies like Amber Chia, Nurul Izzah Anwar and even Her Royal Highness Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin. Find out what makes this homegrown brand so popular here.  

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5/10 Bujins Batik

(Photo credit: Bujins Batik)
(Photo credit: Bujins Batik)
A menswear look inspired by the Avengers: Infinity War film. (Photo credit: Bujins Batik)
A menswear look inspired by the Avengers: Infinity War film. (Photo credit: Bujins Batik)

What do batik and the Avengers have in common? Bujins Batik’s out-of-the-box designs for men and women open up the world of this revered art form to a range of pop culture influences and inspirations. 

Check out more luxurious batik designs by Bujins Batik here.

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6/10 FERN

Photo credit: FERN
Photo credit: FERN

While we’re still agape with Fern’s exquisite Raya collection this year, Fern Chua's homegrown batik brand isn’t stopping its momentum in the least. Having recently launched its official flagship store just last week, Fern marks its expansion beyond mere fashion into an artisanal collective, offering a collection of ethical handmade jewellery, accessories and home decór items crafted by artisans from across the globe. 

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7/10 Kanoe

Photo: @kanoewear/Instagram
Photo: @kanoewear/Instagram

Picture pom-pom tassels, off-shoulder styles and the happiest colours you can imagine: Kanoe combines all three traits (and so much more) in its fun array of tropical-inspired designs that present the beauty of batik with a renewed burst of energy.  

Look out for more of Kanoe's designs here.

8/10 Maryam Bayam

Photo: @maryambayam/Instagram
Photo: @maryambayam/Instagram

Batik scrunchies, bow hoops, and headbands – MaryamBayam is the modern-day fashionista’s answer to putting batik back into one's wardrobe, albeit in bite-sized form. Spice up your bohemian-chic look with a versatile headband and throw in a pair of hoops for a fuller effect. Shop the look here.

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9/10 Frankitas

Founded by KL-based expat Franki Turner, accessories brand Frankitas has gone from strength to strength, expanding from its core offerings of mesmerising ikat clutches to ear-rings, handbags and home décor items made primarily from batik as well as other locally-sourced and handcrafted fabrics like songket and rangrang. Click here to see more.   

10/10 Batek By Rasta Rashid

Photo: @rastarashid27/Instagram
Photo: @rastarashid27/Instagram

Batik flared skirts, bomber jackets, pumps and matching clutches: designer Rasta Rashid truly has a flair for couture where tradition-meets-modern batik looks are concerned. Follow her on Instagram here to learn more about her dazzling bespoke creations – from men’s blazers to batik cheongsams.  

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