bateeq presents its latest ready-to-wear Fall/Winter collection titled, ‘Kelir’, which is a contemporary take on two of Indonesia’s most ancient artforms; batik and shadow puppet plays (Wayang Kulit).
The collection incorporates the age-old batik motifs Mega Mendung, Kawung, and Parang with elements from shadow puppets. This included integrating the motifs Arjuna Kenanga, and Clouds and Trees in addition to the magnolia flower — often depicted in the plays — into the collection. Arjuna Kenanga symbolises the importance of preserving one’s ancestral heritage to learn its wisdom and values whereas the Clouds and Trees motif implements themes portraying animals, mountains, rivers, and plants that are often found in Wayang stories; symbolising the need to be calm, strong, and sustainable.
The clothing line also incorporates two motifs, Delikan, and Lituhayu. Delikan — meaning to hide in Javanese — signifies that images can be used to convey important messages such as morals and ethics. The Banji motif contains straight and twisting lines that symbolises how life should be led with firmness as well as flexibility.
The Lituhayu motif is formed in the shape of a crow, using designs from the clothing of the Wayang character Dewi Larasati. Combined with the batik motif Gringsing, the design symbolises prosperity and fertility.
In demonstrating its ability to effectively utilise diverse art techniques, bateeq used laser-cutting technology to apply the Trompe-l’oeil method, creating silhouette-type effect on the motifs. This ‘shadow-like’ effect is further combined with varying tones of blue, red, and white to truly capture the colour themes and mood of the fall and winter seasons.
As is a trademark of bateeq’s collections, the brand uses a number of environmentally friendly materials. The Kelir collection utilises Tencel — a synthetic fibre — that is fully biodegradable and thus presents an alternative to cotton. Other materials used in the collection include jacquard woven fabrics — made from wool-cupro, cotton, and polyester.