Coming from a textile-producing family in “the city of batik” Pekalongan, Indonesia, the Central Saint Martins MA design Jewellery graduate focus on creating ethical-sustainable filigree jewellery pieces that are inspired by his hometown’s batik culture and tradition.
His jewellery collections give a new life to the Indonesia Batik, by exploring the symbolic meaning behind its pattern through reconstructing motifs found in various Indonesia Batik with structure found in natural object and buildings.
Nowadays, together with his filigree master craftsman in Indonesia, he continues his journey to sustain the ancient local tradition of Batik making in Indonesia by creating a small number of individual filigree jewellery pieces that rooted in tradition, driven by innovation, and created with passion.
Pusaka, meaning treasure or heirloom in Sanskrit is a silver filigree jewellery collection inspired by Indonesian batik iconography and master-craftsmanship.
With a narrative that stems from the journey of Indonesia batik to the heart of its modern society, Pusaka highlights the dilemma on today’s batik community.
Sustainability and survivability of Indonesia handcrafted batik in this machine production era are at risk due to the popularity of knock-offs created by the big textile and garment industries.
Having said that Pusaka moved away from the modern culture of mass production and mass consumption by utilizing traditional hand skills and technique to create smaller numbers of individual jewellery pieces.
By combining elements found in Indonesia traditional batik motifs with structures found in insects, plants and buildings, Charmain gives a new life to the thousand years batik tradition by transforming what once a two-dimensional waxing technique on top of fabric into three-dimensional jewellery objects.
Co-designing and collaborating with his local filigree master-craftsman from Kota Gede (Indonesia), He invented a new filigree technique rooted in the traditional way of making. On doing this, recycled sterling silver has been chosen to build the body of work due to its malleable and light characteristic.
This material offers a collection delighting in voluminous yet light Jewellery pieces that express the organic movement and delicate qualities found in handcrafted batik. As a whole, Pusaka jewellery collections tell the story of life, death and rebirth of Indonesia Batik in this global era.