Wayang kulit-based designs help duo win

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspired by Javanese wayang kulit, creative partners Yusof Daud and Mohd Zahidi Mohammad styled their designs in shades of pink from the mystical Chantil Arjuna motifs of the shadow play. 

Aptly naming their entry Pink Shadow, the duo took the coveted trophy in the Fashion category of the Piala Seri Endon batik design competition yesterday. 

THE WINNERS: Mohd Zahidi and Yusof (second and third from left) posing for photographs withmodels wearing the outfits that won them the Piala Seri Endon 2006 yesterday.

While the judges found their collection amazing, the results also surprised the duo, who went into the competition as first-timers. 

“I am stunned and excited that we won. The competition was stiff, especially with experienced designers participating,” said Yusof, 25, who just graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara. 

They emerged champions among 12 finalists in the category, who had each to display three outfits; a formal attire each for men and women and a casual wear for women. 

He said Mohd Zahidi, a 45-year-old carpet designer, helped with the ideas, concepts and motifs. 

“We wanted to display something traditional yet contemporary,” Yusof said after receiving their prize from Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.  

Yusof and his partner took home RM30,000 and the trophy for the category, considered the most glamorous and one that usually garnered the most entries for the competition, named after the late Datin Seri Endon Mahmood. 

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen presented the awards in the other two categories, Soft Furnishings and Handicraft. 

The Pride of M.I.A - Chapter 1, with their theme Lotus Serenity, took the top award in the Soft Furnishings category while the trio known as Unimas Creative took the top spot in Handicraft category. 

The event was the highlight of the Malaysia Batik Festival 2006, which started on Dec 8 and ended yesterday.  

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