Get Ready for Raya with These 8 Gorgeous Batik Wearables Here

Image Credit: Gérson Custom-Made Batik and MaryamBayam Facebook Pages

Hari Raya looms overhead, and you still haven’t pulled together an outfit yet? Maybe you’re missing that accessory that will make your outfit go from decent to incredible? Whichever it is, we’ve got good news for you, particularly if you’re a fan of batik. Batik prints have made a comeback in recent years, steadily rising in popularity, and there’s no better time to go all #malaysiarepresent by wearing batik during festive seasons, like Raya. Whether it’s a small statement piece or an entire outfit, we’ve gotcha with these 8 gorgeous batik wearables!

1) Oh Dayang

Oh Dayang specialises in handcrafted batik earrings and other jewellery in small batches. This includes everything from earrings to bracelets, as well as bangles and necklaces. Basically, what they do is turn the traditional art form batik into a modern, contemporary form by way of accessories. Choose from hoop earrings or button studs, or a dainty charm bracelet to call your own!

Random shopping suggestion: Any of the stud earrings!

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2) Gérson Custom-Made Batik

Gérson has the experience in the industry, starting off as a home tailoring business with three sisters. As part of their family tradition, they always had custom-made batik dresses for every Chinese New Year celebration, and that nurtured their love and passion for Malaysian batik. Today, Gérson offers ready-made items which are still unique for shopping convenience, while their custom-made service remains available. They come up with collections during festive seasons as well!

Random shopping suggestion: Their face masks – options are aplenty!

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3) TopiTin

TopiTin is run by a mother-daughter duo, specialising in bucket hats. Their main design? You guessed it – batik! Made of high quality fabrics such as cotton, linen, and canvas, their bucket hats are comfortable to wear while ensuring that you look stylish and fashionable. A batik-themed bucket hat could definitely be your statement piece this Raya, so make sure you check them out!

Random shopping suggestion: Any of their batik bucket hats, obviously!

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4) The Batik Boutique

The Batik Boutique empowers artisans from marginalised communities to produce fair fashion, home goods, and accessories made from batik. To date, they have worked with over 300 artisans and impacted the lives of more than 1,500 local beneficiaries, with each purchase directly benefitting the artisan who handcrafted the products, rippling out to their families and communities. With that, unique products are crafted, and their range of products isn’t meagre either, with everything from apparel, homeware, and accessories available.

Random shopping suggestion: An absolutely adorable ketupat bag, available in different styles/colours!

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5) MaryamBayam

Handmade batik accessories? Um, yes! MaryamBayam was created with a single intention: to preserve the culture of traditional batik through contemporary design. The result is a focus on making pieces inspired by timeless designs with a modern batik twist. You’ll be able to find batik-themed baju kurung here, as well as headbands, bandanas, chokers, and scrunchies to name a few – there’s truly something for everyone here!

Random shopping suggestion: The scrunchie hoops. That somehow caught my eye so I’m just putting it out here!

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6) Darlin

Darlin specialises in off shoulder batik bags, and they are the cutest! On their site, it seems like the bags are the only items available, but head on over to their Instagram page, and you’ll see that they also incorporate batik fabrics into their upcycled products. In other words, shopping at Darlin means that you’ll be supporting sustainable, slow fashion!

Random shopping suggestion: The off shoulder batik bags because… it’s the obvious choice.


7) Fern

Fern is founded by Fern Chua, the winner of the Fashion Pitch 2013 by MyCreative Ventures in Malaysia. Known for its one-of-a-kind creations infused with a contemporary feel, designs are skewed towards simple, versatile, and effortlessly elegant lifestyle resortwear, all of which are uniquely handcrafted by in-house artisans using only the finest all natural materials. For this Raya, Fern has come up with a Batik Flora collection, and there are plenty of outfits waiting for you to take them home!

Random shopping suggestion: The Kasih Kebaya.

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8) Novak Batik

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a wearable, but it’s so interesting (to me, at least) that it deserves a mention. Three words: Batik DIY kit. In other words, it could be your Raya activity, especially if you’re someone who prefers me-time compared to the hubbub that accompanies festive seasons in Malaysia. There are plenty of designs to choose from, and if you’re looking to maybe learn more about the craft of batik and/or to do it with a friend, you can also get in touch with them to attend one of their workshops.

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