Created especially for the collection are motifs Sindhu and Swarna Dipa. ‘Sindhu’ means “to be born from the river”. Before, civilizations started along the upper banks of a river – but this has evolved over time. The design is an abstract depiction – using rocks and trees – of nature created and/or changed by humans. People rely on their surroundings, but the reverse is true as well. Sindhu includes Kawung, Parang, and Banji batik. Kawung, according to Javanese philosophy, represents a focal point of power and strength in the universe. Parang symbolises continuity. Banji is a symbol of good fortune or multiplied happiness. The motif reminds people to take care of nature, because nature is the center of strength, and it helps us to maintain balance for current and future growth and prosperity. In Sanskrit, Swarnadwipa is the island of Sumatra, and comes from “Suwarnadwipa” – the word for the island (or land) of gold. Kitab Jataka, the oldest book from the Buddhist manuscript, tells the story of Indian sailors crossing from the Bay of Bengal to Suwarnabhumi. Meanwhile, the Ramayana is about the search for Dewi Shinta, Rama’s wife, who is kidnapped to Suwarnadwipa. The motif describes a journey to a foreign place in hope of discovering something valuable, facing unexpected challenges along the way. Those who wear it are forward-looking in character, craving new experiences and knowledge. ‘Arung’ utilizes a mid-tone palette of maritime blue, Port Royale maroon, forest night green, etc. – and a contrasting coral/salmon with flashes of metallic gold for the jacquard fabric. Detachable, sailor-inspired collars and ruching details emphasize the nautical feel, whereas accessories such as the elbow-, knee-, and neckbands give a more active and dynamic look. Styling includes layering to imitate the image of a sling used to carry goods (vessel containers) and rigging (a ship’s rope).
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