The Jakarta Post
Indonesian label Populo Batik recently presented a new collection called "Purity", inspired by the lost Tibetan Kingdom of Mustang.
Introduced at the 2017 Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo in October, the collection was inspired by the land and scenery, as well as the culture and people of Mustang.
Hidden within the remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalaya, between Tibet in the north and the Annapurna mountain range in the south, the area was closed to outsiders until 1992.
"Isolation has preserved a unique landscape and culture that is reflected in the new Populo Batik collection," the label stated in a press release.
The collection plays with contrasting themes, between mountains and water, man and woman, nature and mankind, dividing Purity into three themes - mountain, water and people.
Lead by designers Joseph Lim and Ba'i Soemarlono, the brand Populo was launched in Jakarta in 1994. In 2013, the company launched its first batik collection with the purpose of preserving the art and craftsmanship of Indonesian batik. (liz/kes)