Friday, November 23, 2012

Batik is Unique and Unequalled.

I always feel amazed with people who are generally loyal to their own country, and Indonesia is very lucky to have Kak Shinta from She blogs about her passion which is on Batik She called herself as Batik-Evangelist. Batik is Indonesia's traditional clothes. Batik of Indonesia is unique and unequalled. Indonesia batik is made in several regions, such as Pekalongan, Solo, Jogjakarta, etc.  Based on her love of Batik, she asked me and other bloggers from (Indonesia, Philippines, and New York) to join the Familiarization Trip (#Batikday Trip) presented by Indonesia's Minister of Tourism and Culture. Yes, we visit Pekalongan, Jogjakarta, and Solo.

I googled the meaning of Batik. The word Batik is thought to be derived from the word 'ambatik' which translated means 'a cloth with little dots'. The suffix 'tik' means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word 'tritik' which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”

On our first day in Pekalongan, we went to Museum Batik.

Behind the beauty of Batik, the tools of making batik is really simple, it's named: Canting. Canting is a small thin wall spouted copper container (sometimes called a wax pen) that is connected to a short bamboo handle. Now let me try...

I was really excited to try :D

Some beautiful Cap (copper stamp)
Creating batik is a very time consuming craft. In several years ago the cap. (copper stamp) was developed to meet growing demands and make the fabric more affordable to the masses.  This invention enabled a higher volume of batik production compared to the traditional method which entailed the tedious application of wax by hand with a canting
This is how to use the Cap (but not the expert one) :p
 I met some new lovely friends.. At the first time, we acted like we were normal ;)
As the time goes by........ We'll see! LOL.  
Me, Sonia Eryka, Tricia Gosingtian (Philippines),
 Chirstina (New York), Tara Amelz , Christina (New York)
It's one the Cap's designs.

Yes the next destination we went to the place of Cap making. Most of them are men. They are really have a good sense of art. The owner said it's a family business which is created in many years ago. Cool, huh?
It's one of Batik Village's wall in Pekalongan
Pekalongan is known for its most famous “batik tulis” or “hand drawing batik”. That's why Pekalongan is often called as "Batik Town". After Pekalongan, we were heading to Jogjakarta. So.. my story will be continued soon.. Okay? :)

But once again, I really wanna say thank you to Kak Shinta & Minister of Tourism and Culture for creating this trip. I'm a proud Indonesian.

xx, @marcellacarolin

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Ecobeauty Essentials

I am not gonna write story about myself today. Now I wanna talk about essentials. I think everyone has their own essentials. Something necessary and indispensable. I put my essentials inside my daily bag. I’m a girl who loves to see decent and pretty things, hence I manage myself to be pleseantly looking.  So,  let’s see my essentials. TADAA...

My agenda, Lanvin mirror, Balenciaga make-up bag, Mango sunnies, Oriflame Ecobeauty products, Passport, Pen, Iphone, Bellevue softlens, Canon digicam, Prada Saffiano.

And.. currently I’m (secretly) addicted in beauty & skincare product.
If you are passionate about the environment as you are looking and feeling good, let me introduce you about Oriflame Ecobeauty, skincare products consist of Fairtrade Organic Coconut Oil and Fairtrade Shea Butter.

Ecobeauty Smoothing Day Cream. I must say I’ve been impressed with this, because it’s thick and creamy but not sticky which is great for my combination skin. I use this cream for a good moisturizer under my make up. A daily moisturizer after my facial wash. The skin absorbs the cream so well and it smells so fresh. Day by day, a regular application of this cream makes my face feel smoother.

The second essential is Ecobeauty Smoothing Eye Cream. Not  all of you may need this, because it depends on the skin around the eyes. I use this cream not only because I’m a night person, but also I believe that a proper care of this area can provide long term benefits. It’s also a treatment for puffy eyes and under eye circles removal.

I really love the packaging because it’s really environmentally-friendly packaging. Good for traveling. Let these two creams satisfy your need for more sustainable beauty at an affordable price.

You can support the Ecobeauty program about tree planting by only CLICKING THIS

Let’s make the world a better place. It’s your choice, ladies :)
xx, @marcellacarolin.