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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 8:32:33 AM

Designers' use of Islamic calligraphy on batik put them in top spot

Fresh idea: A model showing off a piece from the winning ‘Khatrageous’ collection by the Alana Ilham team.

Fresh idea: A model showing off a piece from the winning ‘Khatrageous’ collection by the Alana Ilham team.

IT was a treat for batik lovers as 12 different themed batik designs were showcased during the grand finals of the Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition 2013.

Many in the audience were impressed with the colourful and bold designs that hit the runway at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, recently.

For the fashion category, team Alana Ilham, comprising Nik Intan Zaharah Nik A. Rashid, Lailatul Akma Jaafar and Mohd Hamidi Ahmad Jamili, emerged as the first prize winners.

They received RM30,000.

The team took a risk in producing a design never done before and it paid off.

Their batik creation, themed Khatrageous, was about combining the ancient and the modern world.

Models wearing Mohd Hafiz Drahman's batik creation themed
Brown beauties: Models wearing Mohd Hafiz Drahman’s batik creation themed ‘Miracle of The Ocean’.

“The theme is a combination of the word khat, which is Islamic calligraphy, and the word outrageous.

“We checked on past entries and found that khat has not been done before. We decided to do it as we wanted to be original,” said Nik Intan, 34.

She said the inspiration came from a duit raya packet which had an attractive khat design.

“The words Selamat Hari Raya were written in khat while the colours used were very bright and bold.

“It captured the traditional spirit of Hari Raya while enhancing the modern world we live in now. I wanted to create a similar feeling,” she said, adding that this was reflected in the designs and colours used, such as grey and black tones that reflected the old days, and the neon colours portraying modern times.

On future plans, she said they would use the prize money to expand their existing online fashion business called Alana Ilham, where they sell apparel, including batik designs.

Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang)  chairman Nori Abdullah, foundation chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah,  and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin arriving at the grand finals of the Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Special guests: Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang) chairman Nori Abdullah, foundation chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin arriving at the grand finals of the Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, first-prize winners in the soft furnishing category, Yus Faizal Abdul Rahim and Md Hanafi Md Sukarti, went all out to offer their best.

“We would like to try competing in the other two categories of the competition next year,” said Md Hanafi.

He said their prize money would be kept aside for their families and as a fund to draw on for their future batik projects.

Winners in the handicraft category were Kamariah Abdullah and Maini Mohd Zain, under the team name Beauty of Denim.

Initiated by the late Tun Endon Mahmood, the wife of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2003, the competition aims to discover talents in batik creations.

There were a total of 93 entries for the competition this year.

A model showcasing one of the batik creations by Zaimi Zulkafli and Rozana Junita Abd Rahman with their batik designs themed Kakak Tua Hitam during the grand finals of thePiala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition 2013 held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently. The duo picked up the second prize for the fashion category.
Swishing in style: A model wearing a batik creation from the Kakak Tua Hitam collection by Zaimi Zulkafli and Rozana Junita Abd Rahman. The duo picked up the second prize for the fashion category.

Among those present at the grand finals were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Tuanku, Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang) chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali, foundation chairman Nori Abdullah and her husband, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Open to Ma-laysians aged 18 years and above, participants compete individually or in groups of not more than four.

The competition comprises the fashion, soft-furnishing and handicraft categories.

For each of the three categories, the first prize is RM30,000, second prize RM10,000 and third prize RM5,000.

There was also consolation prizes of RM1,000 each for each category.

The Star is among the media partners for the event.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Central Region, Piala Seri Endon 2013; batik;

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