Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Buying Batik


I wanted to get some batik souvenirs for the office. Batik Keris has cute drawstring pouches and fans. I've no idea if the batik will appeal to the colleagues. But I suppose they'll find some use for it. In addition, I got the family a bagful of batik shirts and casual dresses. We love batik and always like to stock up. I understand that Sarina departmental store is a good place to browse for good quality batik. Unfortunately I don't have the time to get there even though it's fairly near my hotel, so the only option is Batik Keris, which seems okay.

When I stared at the price tags in the shop, I went up in flames. The Batik Keris outlet at Bali's airport sells its wares for double or 2.5 times the prices of those sold in their retail shops in Jakarta. GRRRRRRRR. I forgot the rule of thumb- airport shops are always expensive. (Unless we're talking about DFS at Changi Airport.) Luckily I didn't buy that much stuff in Bali. The bulk of the purchases were done on this trip to Jakarta.

I also fulfilled my intention of buying fabric. I don't quite like the traditional designs for batik on the clothes. The end products are a little dated, if you will. I want the fabric to get the tailor to do some simple sheath dresses and maybe a couple kebayas. I love the lovely colors. Given the wide range of choices on the racks, picking out the nice ones from the gaudy wasn't too difficult. These fabrics come in a wonderful set of 4 different designs for us to do whatever we want with it! I bought a lot of stuff! The fabrics are heavy though. My 10kg luggage has now increased to 29 kg. :p

11 comments:

kikare said...

Ha, I was just asking friends around where to buy cheap but nice fabrics in HK! Apparently there're many outlet shops worth checking out, wheeee :)

imp said...

kikare: anything specific you want? sgp has very cheap and nice fabrics. strange, but true. TELL ME!

JoMel said...

29kg!! *gulp* People will think you are buying to resell in Sgp! hahaha

I love batik too. Those sold in the market/ wholesalers are much much much cheaper. But since you are not familiar with the roads, better stick to safe places where there's price tags, and no haggling is necessary.

kikare said...

Impy, nothing in particular lah, so no worries. Actually I have no idea what I will do with them. Probably as table cloth haha. I could make my own bags but then I hate sewing! Just read about a company that hand-prints its fabrics and became intrigued :p

imp said...

jomel: aiyah. that's not counting the weight 2 bags and some new clothes in there lah. I got no time to haggle leh. And I don't really care, since I'm contributing to the Indonesian economy anyway. Heeeee.

kikare: HMMMMMmmmMMMM. Really??! Sigh. To think I thought of the perfect pressie for ya.

tuti said...

the choices of the fabrics look nicer than the ones on the racks here. batik has mileage. formal and casual all boleh!

Celcilia Tjioe said...

I bought batik for my aunt and cousin when I visited them at HK as well. Batik is good for keepsake :)

Missy P said...

I wear batik pajama to sleep lol...till its all thin and holey....the cloth is just so comfy....but I do love how they zest up batik colours to make it more modern...they are pretty as summer dresses esp those pastel coloured ones :D

sinlady said...

can't go much wrong with batik keris leh.

wildgoose said...

Batik is beautiful. I'm just going to make mine into skirts, and stock up on more batik when I go Bali.
But still, I'm amazed at how much you bought. hahah...

imp said...

tuti: of course lah. indonesia's batik's the best.

celcilia: they make good gifts for sure, IF the recipients know how to appreciate batik.

missyP: very comfy for the humidity!

sinlady: the variety's not enough!!! i want more!

wildgoose: whatever you do, don't buy at Bali airport!