IWAN TIRTA PRI­VATE COL­LEC­TION

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The youngest of a Supreme Court jus­tice's four chil­dren, Iwan Tirta as­pired to be a diplo­mat in his younger years. Even­tu­ally study­ing law in the pres­ti­gious Univer­sity of In­done­sia, Lon­don School of Eco­nomics and the famed Yale Law School, Iwan Tirta was set for a glit­ter­ing ca­reer in the ju­di­cial sys­tem. How­ever, he set out to be a batik de­signer upon his re­turn to In­done­sia. He be­gan a ca­reer de­sign­ing hand­made batik fab­rics, learn­ing the craft by study­ing de­sign, mo­tifs and tra­di­tional batik man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods. His love for the fab­ric's rich her­itage is clear in his stun­ningly in­tri­cate batik de­signs and his line of batik shirts, which be­came so fa­mous that they were worn by var­i­ous heads of state such as Ronald Rea­gan and Nel­son Man­dela.

Iwan Tirta's lat­est col­lec­tion takes in­spi­ra­tion from the tra­di­tional Ja­vanese tra­di­tion of Con­drosen­gkolo. A sym­bol­ogy of num­bers that em­pha­sises har­mony and bal­ance with the uni­verse is wo­ven into lovely batik pat­terns in the col­lec­tion.

Iwan Tirta & mod­els

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