Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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