In preparation for Jakarta Fashion Week 2019, the BINUS Northumbria School of Design is preparing its latest collection to participate in the esteemed event. This year, students are presenting designs influenced by the batik motifs from Lasem, a sub-district located close to the city of Semarang in East Java province. This sub-district is famous for having one of the earliest Chinese settlements on Java with many families still preserving their Chinese cultures some 700 years later.
The batik designs from Lasem are distinct in that they are a unique blend of Chinese and Javanese designs, using dragons and Chinese flowers combined with traditional Javanese patterns like the Parang motif. The dyeing techniques and the colours are also different from other parts of Indonesia as it is characterized by the predominant use of blood-reds and whites. Students from the School of Design will showcase their modern take on the Lasem batik, producing a collection that honours Lasem's cultural heritage whilst also incorporating contemporary styles.
This is the sixth year in which the BINUS Northumbria School of Design has participated in Jakarta Fashion Week. Every year its students produce innovative fashion ensembles that are reflective of the comprehensive curricula that combine hands-on experience with theoretical knowledge.