Eight Young Batik Designers Unveil Latest Creations

Last update: 12/05/2014

By Salbiah Said

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- Eight young Malaysian batik designers who are past winners of the Piala Seri Endon, unveiled their latest creations at a fashion show at the Galeri Seri Endon in Bukit Damansara last Saturday.

The Galeri Seri Endon, which was incepted in 2007, was envisioned and inspired by Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, the late wife of former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The batik parade was graced by Puan Sri Hajah Noorainee Abdul Rahman, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

At the show, Sarawak designer Jaludin Zaini, the third prize winner of the competition in 2007, presented a combination of ethnic and modern designs on layers of colours.

Experimenting in the application of overlapping of motifs and colours, his creations themed “Design on Colours”, were vibrant and fresh.

Jamilah Shukri, who was in the same team with Jaludin in the 2007 competition, presented the “Shades of Borneo” – colours of the forest, the earth and the sky.

Karl Ng, the second prize winner in 2005, showcased “Flore Impianto” (flower and plant in Italian). His textile presentation depicts the lines and forms from nature – flower and leaves.

His first black piece represents the lines of a plant, the second blue piece represents the shadows of flowers and the third brown piece represents the physical flowers.

Architect turned batik designer Masrina Abdullah, the inaugural winner of the 2003 competition, unveiled her collection themed "The Transitions".

Well-known for her signature technique of "Double Layer", Masrina is reviving her classic single layer technique way back when she started batik making in the early 90’s – jiving with her latest design elements in its most basics.

Nik Intan Rashid, the first prize winner in 2013, created "Ancient Elegance" – a bridge between the traditional and the modern world.

The first look plays up the ancient Islamic calligraphy and injecting it with pop neon colours of the modern era; the second is inspired by a motif from a Chinese porcelain from the Ming Dynasty.

Finally, geometric vectors that are usually seen on Islamic architecture are structurally painted with lines to give it a contemporary look.

Rizal Jasman’s piece themed "Land Waves" was his latest creations, inspired by the serenity and chaotic of nature.

A self-taught artist well-known for his stylised "lizard" designs, Rizal has 20 years’ experience in batik art, doing mostly batik paintings and interior.

He is the first prize winner of the 2004 competition in the Soft Furnishing Category.

Suhaini Marlina showed her signature intricate designs themed "Unexplored of Abstract".

The deep colours in her creations highlighted her skills in the fine art of chanting. Young and hip, she was the third prize winner in 2004.

Designer Zoe Tan, the first prize winner in 2007, showcased "Seasons", with leaves as the main motif in her creations. The wonder of spring, summer, autumn and winter are the inspirations for her designs.