Vogue: Junaidi and Johana displaying some of the the handpainted batik outfits available at their boutique.
JOHOR BARU: Despite the current popularity of lacy baju kurung, hand-painted batik baju kurung and abayah (Middle Eastern robes) remain in demand for those celebrating Hari Raya here.
Malaysian-style batik is still much sought after by customers including the Chinese and Indians.
“It is more practical to buy batik baju kurung as it can be worn to the office long after Hari Raya is over,” said Johana Jamlus, who runs the Koleksi Jun boutique here with her husband Junaidi Nurdin.
The boutique specialises in hand-painted batik baju kurung, abayah, men’s batik shirts and hand-woven samping songket at Danga City Mall here. The clothes, made from chiffon crepe, jacquard and cotton silk, are priced between RM299 and RM700 each.
“There is a difference in batik designs from Kelantan, Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur,” Junaidi said.
He explained that batik producers from the two east coast states still preferred floral motives while designers from Kuala Lumpur go for abstract and geometrical patterns.
Apart from baju kurung and abayah, Junaidi said other best-selling items at the boutique included the “butterfly outfit” – a blouse and a long skirt, which is popular among younger buyers.
He said the versatile outfit could be worn to the office and then to a cocktail party or a formal dinner or garden party.