The Batik Love

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Batik Love

The time I wore batik after a billion years!

In 2017, I fell in love with a batik, can you believe that? For the most part of my life, batik seemed super old school I found myself wearing not a single batik until 2017.

It could be that because I grew up with grandmas who wore them a lot and like others with grandmas thought that the non-grandma ones should stay as far away as possible from batik. Fastforward to many, many years now as I age, batik now appeals.

Perhaps it’s a sign of wisdom or it could be that when batik gets reinterpreted in modern outfits, the power from tradition is enliven and gets translated into new inviting forms? My grandmas are probably laughing reading the previous sentence in heaven. Hi neneks!


This beautiful brown batik sarong is cut into a form-flattering long skirt with a kipas (fan pleats) on its center front and it is left open and overlapped there so you can move your legs freely. The waist of the skirt is secured with a hidden zip closure so you can be spared from ever attempting to tie it the way skillful grandmas did that in their time.

I don’t even know how to secure a towel around me properly that I have barred myself from manually knotting a piece of cloth to go out in public.


Enough about my skills at tying a towel, let me just word out the components of this modern batik OOTD that I wore.


Because the batik kipas skirt was brown, I felt like a brown top would be mad perfect. It was. This cotton tee in brown that was mad basic, blended in with the skirt, I nearly cried. I carried a brown rattan bag and put my feet into a pair of these brown sandals you might have seen before. I even had brown color treated hair with deep blonde highlights. My skin tone matched all of the brown goodness because it is in a shade of brown too.

I wish my eyeballs were brown but alas, I’m grateful that these black eyeballs are excellent as they are even as they water from my staring at this screen.


For more about the kebaya and batik kipas from SopheaBatik, go here!

SopheaBatik has a wide array of batik kipas in every print and color you can imagine. They have feminine kebaya sets that will make your heart sigh in admiration as you picture yourself wearing them and looking so ladylike. If you love those sheer lace kebaya tops that our grandmas used to wear in the olden time when the kebaya was sassy and the ladies were even more, then please go ahead and visit this batik-appreciative boutique.

If your love for batik holds no boundary and you want to wear them in your traditional and fusion looks, I highly recommend SopheaBatik. Zatie, the talented and passionate creator behind the label will assist you in everything that you need.

What do you think of my outfit? I would love to know! Please share away down below.

To end this entry, here's a quote by Eckhart Tolle for you to ponder:

“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.”


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