KUALA LUMPUR: Twelve finalists have been picked for the Piala Seri Endon batik fashion design competition from a total of 43 semi-finalists.
The 12 finalists are made up of individual and group contestants submitted batik designs for the contest which is part of Malaysia Batik: Crafted for the World campaign, a three-year movement initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's wife Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood.
The individuals are Armenda Tan, Hassim Mahat, Masrina Abdullah, Mohd Azizi Hassan, Mohd Yuzri Mohd Yusof, Karl Ng, Syaiful Baharin and Wai Kam Mooi.
The group contestants are Natural, Pesona Sutera, Rama-Rama and Paisley.
Juhari Azmi, Mohd Sakri Ismail, Kamariah Abdullah and Zalaini Kassim are members of Natural while Mohd Nazari Maarus and Mohd Fazli Azaldin are from Pesona Sutera.
Rama-Rama is made up of Rusmawati Ghazali, Rainal Hidayat Wardi, A. Rahman Saif and Mohd Khairul Azman Awang, while Paisleys members are Rusmawati, A. Rahman and Mohd Khairul and Noraini Rahmad.
The finalists will be competing for the grand prize of RM30,000 at Shangri-La Hotel here on Jan 11.
Other prizes include RM10,000 for second placing, RM5,000 for the third spot and five consolation prizes of RM1,000 each. The winners will also receive trophies sponsored by Royal Selangor.
Tickets for the finals, inclusive of hi-tea, are priced at RM180, RM150 and RM120 while students can obtain tickets (without hi-tea) at RM20.
Tickets can be obtained at Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, Batik Guild Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Batik in Berjaya Times Square and Jendela Batik Sdn Bhd.
On Saturday, the campaign received a RM1mil boost from the corporate world to help push the batik industry into the international scene.
A total of RM1.43mil was pledged towards the campaign, of which RM1.07mil was collected at the campaigns sponsorship cheque presentation ceremony that night.
One of the sponsors was Star Publications (M) Bhd, represented by regional director Datuk Seri Kamal Hashim, who gave a RM50,000 cheque to Endon.
Other sponsors included Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (RM500,000), Berjaya Group (RM60,000), YTL Group (RM50,000), Motoko Resources Sdn Bhd (RM60,000), Jasa Kita Bhd (RM100,000) and Sin Chew Jit Poh (RM50,000).
The campaign initiated by Endon is managed by Batik Guild and Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia and is supported by Tourism Malaysia.
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