THE unique, sophisticated design by Ziyan Batik named All That Jazz beats 11 other finalists to emerge champion at the Piala Seri Endon (PSE) Batik Design Competition 2018.
The winners, proprietors of Ziyan Batik comprising Kamaliah Ismail, 61, her children Khalida Liyana and Ihsan Khalid, said the news left them flabbergasted. The ecstatic trio said they never thought of winning the title.
“We’ve been in the batik industry for over 13 years but this is our first time competing in the Fashion category,” said Kamaliah.
Ziyan Batik was also a winner in 2015 under the Soft Furnishing category.
They took home RM30,000 and a trophy weighing 2kg with their names engraved on it.
Jazz lover Kamaliah said their winning design was inspired by her favourite music genre and it took them a month to assemble the collection.
Coming in second was Mohd Hafiz Drahman with the theme “Perisai Tradisi” (Protecting Tradition), followed by Lim Jia Hui who presented a design themed “The Elegant Bird of Paradise” in the third place.
Organised by Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang), the annual competition is in its
15th year and was made even more special with the presence of Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.
The competition featured three categories namely Fashion, Soft Furnishing and Handicraft.
The first, second and third-place winners in each category walked away with RM30,000, RM10,000 and RM5,000 respectively.
For the Soft Furnishing category, Suziena Rahim with her design themed “Nostalgia” won the first place while Mohd Faizul Noorizan won in the Handicraft category with her work themed “Dinding Pusaka” (Heritage Wall).
“As we celebrate National Day and Malaysia Day, it is befitting that the competition that celebrates batik, our national heritage, is taking place now,” said Penyayang chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali.
The competition was named after the late Tun Endon Mahmood (wife of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), who initiated it under the Malaysian Batik – Crafted for the World movement.It aims to discover and provide a platform of support, recognition and encouragement to Malaysia’s batik-making talents.
It has generated and unearthed many batik talents.
Among the judges were National Art Gallery director-general Datuk Dr Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa, renowned Sarawak-born fashion designer Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, The Melium Group founder Datuk Seri Farah Khan, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week founder Andrew Tan and textile designer Eddie Yap.
Also present were Tun Abdullah Badawi, Penyayang chairman Nori Abdullah, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin.
While waiting for the winners to be announced, the crowd was enthralled by Nabila Razali, Ziana Zain and Syamel.