POPULO Batik celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show during Bazaar Fashion Festival in Jakarta on 26th October 2014. This show mirrors what POPULO is all about:

Merging the best from the East and West into a contemporary fashion collection.


Part 1 EAST meets WEST

The first part of the show shows traditional Indonesian heritage motives like Tirtotedjo, Kawung and Grinsing in a colour mood inspired by the Sogan colours of Solo and the colour codes of Yogya. Stylewise we update classic Javanese court dress codes giving them a new contemporary twist.


Part 2 WEST meets EAST

Part 2 features pattern which are still related to classic Javanese motives but reinterpreted with a Western approach. This part is reduced to monochromatic balck and white but plays with layering of different motives to emphasis on an elongated silhouette.


Part 3 WEAST

A Collaboration collection with Tobias Vetter and Viktor Leske

Viktor Leske is a Berlin based hair stylist who is known for his arty, creative approach in hair styling which attracts the most exciting and energetic crowd of Berlin and its visitors. His name became famous even outside of Germany with international celebrities dropping by whenever they are in town.

The Viktor Leske Design features a comb and a vintage hair scissor which are positioned like a "V“ for Viktor. Both designs were drawn by the tattoo artist Tobias Vetter. The third motive is Viktor Leske’s logo. All three pattern are positioned in a row and create a symmetrical "V“ all-over pattern. The background motive is the traditional Javanese court pattern called "Grinsing“ which means = no illness. It was used to protect children against illnesses and symbolizes the fish skin.

Tobias Vetter is a tattoo artist who has his clinic like studio within Viktor Leske’s salon’s. His craftsmanship is inspired by architecture, contemporary art and photography and the minimal yet gloomy work is influenced by the late 19th century tattooing, traditional engravings and occult art.

The Tobias Vetter design features his motives of an umbrella, a pipe, a knife, a bottle, a bell to mention a few. The background motive is inspired by the traditional Javanese Alasalasan pattern which has been transfered into veins. Veins act as tree of life of humans where the blood runs through and is closely connected to tattoo art.

For this EAST WEST collaboration collection two movies have been created. Indonesian artist Davy Linggar produced a video for the womenswear line in Jakarta while Spanish film maker Arturo M. Steele shot the menswear line in Berlin.


Find Populo at Central Department Store Grand Indonesia, East Mall – Level 1.