Modern batik accessories capture hearts of young people

KUALA LUMPUR: Batik motifs have captured the hearts of young people not only through clothing, but now also in women’s accessories through various handicraft techniques.

Dayang Nur Syafiqah M. Roslan, 27, who creates unique accessories such as earrings, bracelets, and hair pins that cater to the taste of young people, believes that batik should not be limited to formal wear or sarongs at home.

“In my opinion, batik should also be worn casually, even during weekend leisure activities, such as shopping.

“So what I am trying to do is to modernise this traditional heritage so that it is contemporary but still fits the culture of our society,” she told Bernama.

The Diploma in Textile and Fashion Design holder from the Malaysia Institute of Arts said she was inspired to create handmade accessories when she realised they were more popular than the bundled garments she sold at a car boot sale in 2019.

“At the time, I was just trying to sell accessories on the side, but I did not think they would be in high demand and sold out at first,” said Dayang Nur Syafiqah, who now runs an online business under the label Oh Dayang.

More proudly, her creativity has not only delighted the younger generation aged between 18 and 35 but has also received orders from customers abroad, including the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Dayang Nur Syafiqah said it takes her between 10mins and two days to complete each accessory, which includes processes such as cutting (carving), patching. and drying glue.

She added that the accessories, which are sold at prices ranging from RM30 to RM65, are made according to availability and often participates in bazaar sales to introduce the brand to the public.

The mother of two said the choice of batik fabric depends not only on the type of pattern but also on the bright colours which are often chosen for her products and special orders.

“I do not limit the type of batik used, as they all have their own characteristics, but I usually use Malaysian batik, especially Terengganu batik,” said Dayang Nur Syafiqah, who can make up to 50 accessories a month on average.

Dayang Nur Syafiqah, who works full-time in an e-commerce company, said the hobby not only provides her with extra income, but also allows her to use her knowledge and express her interest in art, which she has had since childhood.- Bernama

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