Fusion of cultures as batik appears on saris

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 11 Oct 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Cross-cultural fashion in Malaysia moved forward another step when batik made a splash at the “Vivid and Sensational” gala dinner and fashion show held at the closing of the Sari Fashion Week. 

Beautiful batik pieces in tie-and-dye styles and a host of bright colours made their appearance at the sari fashion show during the event organised on Thursday by the National Unity and Social Development Ministry and Culture Edge Sdn Bhd. 

Batik works well as sari cloth has the same soft texture as Indian sari material, which falls nicely, said Culture Edge event director Eddy Bala.  

He said the organisers of the inaugural Sari Fashion Week hoped to start promoting the use of Batik Malaysian batik as sari material from next year.  

The fashion week, where 10 selected boutiques show-cased their latest saris and Indian garments, was to promote the sari among non-Indians as a costume that could be worn for any occasion. The boutiques also held demonstrations on how to tie the sari. 

Guests at the gala dinner were given a sampling of this season's latest sari fashion, which is using fine fabrics such as chiffon and silk for evening and casual wear. 

“In the past, women wear the kanjepuram, which is heavy sari cloth. The softer and finer material is more appropriate because it is comfortable for movement,” Eddy said. 

Twenty models paraded collections of beautiful saris and the lehenga (two-piece Indian garment) from the Nobel Fashion House and Millen's. 

During the charity gala dinner, the ministry's parliamentary-secretary, S. Veerasingam, presented a mock cheque of RM60,000 to the Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Klang.  

Also present was Sri Lankan High Commissioner Rosy Senanayake.  

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