Newcomers make an impact at batik design competition

Newcomers make an impact at batik design competition
Talented bunch: First prize winners of the Handicraft, Fashion and Soft Furnishing categories posing with their mock cheques.

KUALA LUMPUR - They were considered newcomers and it was their first time trying out for the Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition 2013.

But team Alana Ilham, comprising Nik Intan Zaharah Nik A. Rashid, Lailatul Akma Jaafar and Mohd Hamidi Ahmad Jamili, ended up winners in the fashion category.

Nik Intan said she had been dreaming of winning the award for the past five years as she considered it the ultimate batik competition.

"We are ecstatic. I was in tears when our names were announced. We couldn't believe what we heard," she said after receiving the prize during the event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.

She said their batik creation themed Khatrageous was about creating a bridge between the ancient world and the modern world, adding that it was a combination of the word Khat, which is an Islamic calligraphy, and the word outrageous.

"The inspiration came from a duit raya packet that my children received from one of the houses they visited," she said.

Nik Intan said they did not view the usage of Khat in their designs as taboo although they did foresee that some might view it as controversial.

"From a survey we conducted, many people were receptive to the idea as long we stay away from using the name Allah and Prophet Muhammad," she said.

There were 93 entries in total for the competition this year.

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