This summer I had the opportunity to conduct research in Indonesia for one month. I traveled around Yogyakarta, Bunaken, Manado, Bali, and Lombok, experiencing a broad array of cultural tradition, religion, food, and art. My research was based around fashion and identity formation, so I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the intricate designs of Indonesian batik – and I even got to do it myself!
Batik is a form of fabric design in which wax is applied to cloth and then dyed various times. The fabric remains its natural color where the wax was applied because the dye is unable to penetrate through it. Wax can be applied to the fabric multiple times, creating detailed and ornate designs. The artisans who design batik garments spend months creating them. (I bought a batik tapestry that took 2 months to make!) The labor that goes into creating these works of art is truly awe-inspiring.
After returning to the states, I began searching for garments that had batik motifs. Sure enough, I found my pot of gold at Free People. I have been Free People obsessed for the past 7 years, and season after season, it never lets me down. So I was particularly excited to find a little slice of Indonesia carried in my favorite store. These festive scrunchies are perfect for throwing your hair up on a lazy Sunday morning, or keeping your hair out of your face during a hot yoga class. And I’m mildly obsessed with this white patterned kaftan. I love the ease and effortlessness of it. Throw it on, add some brass bangles and beaded sandals, and you’re set for the day!
A huge piece of my heart still remains in Indonesia, but I know I’ll be traveling back there soon!
Above: Hyperion Bodycon Dress