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Print Narratives

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Print Narratives

Kawung

Textile of KUALESA BATIK TRIBUTE KAWUNG - SALTWATER SLIDE + BRIGHT WHITE

This is Kualesa’s signature print and can be found on our Batik Tribute Polos. It is a tribute to a traditional batik pattern known as the Kawung, which is also the motif that the brand’s logo is inspired by.  The Kawung batik pattern has been around since the 13th century. It takes the form of a circle - similar to a Kawung fruit (a type of palm fruit), arranged geometrically so that four circles focus on a point. This specific pattern is thought to reflect the concept of a structured universe - a visual representation of four directions and the four core elements that surround us: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water.

Kualesa’s Men’s T-shirts are actually inspired by these four elements. The Kawung design is also widely associated with the concept of universal energy, and the cycle of death and regeneration. The Kawung’s strong ties to longevity is what makes it the perfect motif to symbolise Kualesa’s mission - a more sustainable future for the planet.

Parang

Textile of KUALESA BATIK TRIBUTE PARANG – BOTANICAL GARDEN + STORM

This is another print on our Batik Tribute Polos. It is a tribute to the traditional batik motif known as the Parang, which directly translates to “knife”. The Parang pattern usually illustrates a narrow length followed by an almost sharp edge - resembling a dagger. Specifically, the Parang pattern is related to the “Keris” ceremonial dagger, representing strength, power, and the ever-fighting spirit.  

There have also been several folklores that have made the Parang a symbol of safety. One well-known tale dating back to the 16th century tells the story of Prince Panja of Java, who was protected on his journey because he was wearing the Parang motif. At Kualesa, we hope the Parang print lends us a helping hand in protecting our planet and its people.

Considering the long history of this batik pattern, there are many other interpretations such as the curved lines of the Parang representing waves in the sea and symbolising greatness of nature. This appreciation for nature identifies with Kualesa’s purpose of producing our eco-friendly products

Truntum

Textile of KUALESA BATIK TRIBUTE TRUNTUM - SCARAB + AQUA HAZE

This is the 3rd and final print on our Batik Tribute Polos. It is a tribute to a traditional batik motif known as the Truntum, a geometric pattern said to be inspired by both blooming flowers and scattered stars in the night sky. In Javanese, Truntum and its association to stars can symbolise guidance. It can also draw parallels to continuous growth through its connection with blooming flowers. The motif is known to symbolise the everlasting. As an eco-friendly fashion brand, Kualesa honours this idea where our intent to make a positive impact on the world with our eco-friendly bamboo apparel is everlasting.

 

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