Indonesian Designer JYK Turned Traditional Batik Durian Lubuklinggau into Luxury Athleisure
For the second time after successfully making a breakthrough
last year, the JYK fashion label fronted by designer Jenny Yohana Kansil and collaborated with
Batik Durian Lubuklinggau will again appear on the stage of the Emerging Talents Milan
Fashion Show which will take place at Palazzo Visconti, Milan, Italy on Wednesday, September
Unlike the previous year, this time JYK combines digital processing with the traditional heritage
of batik through redesign. JYK label collaborates with batik artisans in creating new batik motifs
that appear more contemporary and are believed to be accepted by the international market.
This batik motif was built through images processed from direct durian photos found in a durian
plantation in Lubuklinggau, South Sumatra. The exploration of the durian flower which has its
own beauty makes it a focus that may not be widely known by the public.
The Spring Summer 2023 collection, entitled ‘Egalitarian’, takes a silhouette from the 1970s,
which symbolizes the year of freedom and equality. In addition, these years are also considered
the most fashionable decade of all time. This collection of 10 clothing consists of a wide design
range from mini skirts to midi skirts, with A-line silhouettes, modern crop tops, high waist
silhouettes, flared jeans to floral elegance with collection designs dominated by statement
The 1970s style also declared itself that ‘there are no rules in the world of fashion’ which is in
line with JYK’s brand DNA that dares to break boundaries, audacious, akin and left field.
Traditional batik leaves its natural impression when transformed into sporty designs and colorful
collections that without a doubt combine materials from silk taffeta to stretch jersey, heavy wool
stripes and light silk organza, and are complemented by sporty ribbon accessories.
Not only that, the spirit of sustainable fashion is also still carried by the JYK label, with this
collection using organic materials and leftover batik fabrics used as decorations, appliqués, and
knitted with embroidery techniques.
This collection also reaffirms JYK’s consistency with brand DNA that dares to cross boundaries
after last year applying batik to the Punk style, and now bringing batik with a sporty style
This is shown through a color mood that is dominated by layered neutral colors such as a
combination of dark and light brown, which surprisingly gives a new color that catches the eye.
In addition, there are also bright colors such as blue and orange that create a sporty look. This
color is balanced by Italian clay tones, touches of pink and green. The variety of colors in this
collection is equal and even.
With the theme ‘Egalitarian’, this collection carries the concept of equality, belief in equal rights,
and equal opportunities for every individual.
This idea emerged from various events in the world today, starting from the world’s reaction to
the war that hit Russia-Ukraine which throws memories of the 1970s, the year when people
protested the Vietnam war with the role of a superpower behind it. In the end, regardless of race,
gender, social status and country, we are all the same. We are homo sapiens who face the same
problem and feel threatened; starting from the covid pandemic, global warming, reduced supply
of resources, poverty, education and empowerment, gender equality, human rights issues, and
getting worse with issues related to war and nuclear.
The ‘Egalitarian’ collection then also becomes the need for a sense of peace so that all of us,
humans, can coexist to create a better space. We are all created to live freely, and use our
freedom to help others with love instead of manipulating them to support that freedom.
And speaking of love and freedom, there is a story from Lubuklinggau where this batik comes
from which also carries both spirits. The story is known as the Legend of ‘Silampari Princess’
which reveals equality, empowerment and a strong female figure from Lubuklinggau.
There are various versions of this story, but in this case is the spirit of the figure Silampari
Princess who is aware of her power and freedom to have an equal position with men. A person
who does not give up easily and is able to make decisions for himself.
That said, Princess Silampari, is the daughter of the couple Selendang Kuning and King Linggau.
Her beauty reached the ears of the Prince of Palembang so that he wanted to propose to Princess
Silampari to unite Palembang and Lubuklinggau. However, the Princess who has principles and
does not give up easily refuses the proposal. His brother, The Prince of Linggau then made a
‘lubuk’, a deep basin in the bottom of the river, for the princess to hide. (Which is later suspected
to be the story of the birth of the name Lubuklinggau).
At one time after facing many obstacles in her life, the Princess then asked the gods to be raised
to heaven. Since then she disappeared and could not be found again. Princess Silampari is
believed to have disappeared in Bukit Sulap, a hill in Lubuklinggau that always looks different or
sometimes disappears in appearance. The disappearance of the princess prevented an unwanted
war from occurring.
Therefore, the city of Lubuklinggau is also often known as Silampari Land, and the same name is
also used for the airport, namely Silampari Airport. What does Silampari mean? Silam means
‘lost’, and Pari means ‘princess’, which when combined becomes ‘the lost princess’.
The story of Silampari Princess is a representation of a strong woman who also symbolizes
equality where women are able to make their own decisions to determine their fate in the midst
of pressure from the two loves that surround them, from family and from the man who loves her.
In addition, this story also shows how this equality carries a message of no more conflict,
because all parties -women and men-support each other, with love.
“Love should liberate one another, not bind or restrain freedom itself,” adds Jenny.
The second collaboration between JYK Fashion Label and Batik Durian Lubuklinggau, which
was initiated by Yetti Oktarina Prana, Chair of the Lubuklinggau Dekranasda, is scheduled to be
displayed at Palazzo Visconti, in Modrone via Cino del Duca 8, Milan Italy on Wednesday,
September 21 2022 at 18.00 Milan time, or 23.00 Jakarta.
This collaboration is also supported by Bank Sumselbabel, Istituto Di Moda Burgo Milan and
Istituto Di Moda Burgo Indonesia. The presentation of the show was also supported by Batik
Madani (Lubuklinggau durian batik).*
About JYK Label
JYK is a ready-to-wear women’s clothing label with DNA that takes inspiration from authentic
Indonesian traditional heritage and applies the concept of sustainable and ethical fashion. This
label is a kaleidoscope of young people’s cultural movements that are bold, full of energy, and
provide new innovations and breakthroughs. The label name JYK itself is an abbreviation of
Jenny Yohana Kansil as the designer of this label. Jenny is an alumnus of several prestigious
fashion schools in Italy and London. As an alumnus of Istituto Di Moda Burgo, Jenny was
trusted to open an Istituto di Moda Burgo in Indonesia. With unique experiences in finance,
psychology and fashion, Jenny is also a mother, designer, businesswoman and educator.
About Batik Durian Lubuklinggau
Initiated for the first time in 2013 by Yetti Oktarina Prana, Head of the Lubuklinggau
Dekranasda, Lubuklinggau’s durian batik was originally a split durian pattern and has been
patented. Over time, the durian motif developed and became more varied and released according
to creativity. Until now, there are three centers of Lubuklinggau batik craftswomen with
hundreds of batik production every month. Rina Prana, as she is usually called, also regularly
holds batik training to empower the people of Lubuklinggau and batik craftswomen.