November 5, 2012

Once upon a time

Wished my 200th blogpost on De reis naar Batik contained some happier news, fortunately I stumbled across some great Batikfashion pictures to frame the news.
On 2 October I uploaded a post about Batik Day on Batik Day (and my birthday) with new Batik Statements, see blogpost "Happy Batik-day!". My post got featured on the site with the chance of getting invited to the Jakarta Fashion week and visiting some Batikworkshops. Today I read that 6 bloggers got selected, and they all received a scarf from the team and posted about it to promote Batik Day (see 'The success of #BATIKDAY').
Maybe next year I will receive a scarf (and ticket) too...

But let's continue with my 200th post! Thanks for reading, sharing, following my blog De reis naar Batik! And let there be much more posts to come!
“Within the kebaya is the soul of a woman. It’s delicate but firm. Though indeed very personal”
- Anne Avantie *

In 2009 kebaya couture designer Anne Avantie showed her collection on the Jakarta Fashion Week. Fairy tale dresses of lace and batik, a combination of the traditional Kebaya, blouse with sarong, but with so much more fashion in the mix.

"A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originates from Indonesia and worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand. It is sometimes made from sheer material such as silk, thin cotton or semi-transparent nylon or polyester, adorned with brocade or floral pattern embroidery. Kebaya usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif.
The kebaya is the national costume of Indonesia, although it is more accurately endemic to the Javanese, Sundanese and Balinese peoples...
Apart from traditional kebaya, fashion designers are looking into ways of modifying the design and making kebaya a more fashionable outfit. Casual designed kebaya can even be worn with jeans or skirts. For weddings or formal events, many designers are exploring other types of fine fabrics like laces to create a bridal kebaya."
- From Wikipedia

The photoshoot with her new designs on her site,, have a Moulin Rouge kind of feel to them. Really beautiful and inspiring to see. Classical yet very modern.
Would love to see one of Anne Avantie's fashion shows one day and if I do I hope to be wearing one of her designs!
* quote from 'Anne Avantie: Contemporary kebaya pioneer' article from The Jakarta Post


John Hopper said...

Happy 200th post! Keep up the excellent work, your site is a valuable contributor to the world of creativity.

Sabine Bolk said...

Thank you so much for your support and kind words!