Director Message

 

20 May 2012,

How time flies!

This is the second issue of myBatik for 2012, and we are almost half way through the year already. We have just celebrated the National Craft Day of Malaysia, the myBatik Fashion Show for the Secretaries Week on 24 April 2012 and a most memorable myBatik Tour to Jakarta for Inacraft 2012.

During my recent visit to the Malaysia National Craft Day and the Indonesian Inacraft Exhibition, I realised that branding awareness is becoming more prevalent now. Batik producers are selling more creative and innovative products than last year although prices are slightly higher now due to the costs of the raw materials. As I have said before, product development and item branding is very important. Nowadays, Batik producers generally have the proper label for their batik products. The trademark of each product is the intellectual property of the creator to avoid plagiarism. Producers should never forget to invest in advertisements, to do research into the markets and to use the social media to interact with their buyers.

Congratulations to Royal Songket Terengganu, Jadi Batek, YNR Batik, Karyaneka, myBatik, Nordin Batik and Kelvin’s Gem for the successful launch of their new collections in conjunction with the myBatik Fashion Show during the Secretaries Week at the Eastin Hotel.

Thank you so much to the Association of Exporters and Producers of Indonesian Handicraft and PT Media Tama for their kind support in teaming up with myBatik to bring batik to the world stage. The myBatik Special Edition for INCRAFT 2012 was successful launched on 25 April 2012 at Jakarta Convention Centre. We are proud to be the Official Media Partner of INACRAFT 2012. The INACRAFT showcasing of 1,200 distinguished batik handicraft companies from the different provinces of Indonesia, really amazed the world.

As a result, myBatik magazine is expanding its distribution and circulation into the Indonesia market now.

For the coming months, everyone in the batik industry is busy preparing their batik fabric for the Raya month, which falls in August this year. So please take note, Batik lovers- get your batik fabric earlier and send out for tailors to avoid any disappointment with last minute tailoring services.

Due to the great demand and support from the fans of myBatik, we came out with the idea of myBatik Tours- another success story following myBatik magazine, myBatik Cafe, myBatik Gallery & BuyBatik.com.my. We are working on tours to visit all the different Batik cities like Jakarta, Pekalongan, Surin, Tokyo and Kunming on a quarterly basis.

Before the busy Raya preparations, why not take a break with a myBatik Tour? Join us for the Bangkok International Fashion & Textile & Leather Exhibition on 27 June 2012. To learn more about this tour, please go towww.myBatik.org.my/mybatiktour

More good news to share is that, since the launch of myBatik magazine in 2007, our subscription readership is increasing 50% every year. The platform of myBatik Magazine is become bigger and stronger.

The myBatik Cafe is putting on different kinds of batik activities to spice up your days. Please visit our Facebook page and redeem the free coffee coupon- www.facebook.com/batikartcafe. We serve local black coffee, and Italian coffee lavazza. For tea lovers, we have Dilmah tea from Sri Lanka.

See you in the myBatik café- and a Happy Mother’s Day in May & Father’s Day in June.

Bye.

Emilia Tan

Managing Director & Publisher

Happy Fathers & Mothers’ Day 2011

Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your support of myBatik magazine. With this issue, we have reached issue 14, after 4 years in the industry.

In Batik, there are several different processes, not only hand-drawn batik, but also Copper Block Printing as well. These were the traditional ways of producing batik.

But in this new century, with iPADs and iPHONEs everywhere, where demand is greater than supply, and when traditional batik artists and painters become fewer, then mechanically produced batik becomes more prevalent.  So many of our readers love to throw this questions to me, “Is digitally produced batik considered batik ? ”

Well, it is considered Batik too, but we need to label it “Digitally (Machine) Printed Batik Design” but not “Hand Drawn (handmade) Batik”

I think, the suppliers and manufacturers need to be honest to the consumers and the washing instruction tags need to be clear.  Digitally printed Batik will be good too, if there is a warranty or refundable if the consumers find the defect within 7 days.

Right now, the myBatik team is working towards the modern century, and making the purchase of the consumers’ favourite batiks even easier. We are promoting several batik lines in our online store which not only can be trusted but are also offered at reasonable prices- for example ohterengganu.com & batikmadness.com.

If you produce batik and would like to sell online as well, why not registry with us at BUYbatik.com.my, where we are trying to connect batik producers and artists and offer the consumers a better way of acquiring batik.

Through BUYbatik.com.my, you not only can view and purchase Malaysian & Indonesian Batik but also the work of many batik producers from Europe and America.

myBatik is a platform for us to share beautiful batik art with everyone, while BUYbatik.com.my gives you an opportunity to own your beautiful piece of batik piece.

Last but not least, in this May-June-July issue, I wish all Parents a very Happy Mothers & Fathers Day.

Is digitally produced batik considered batik ?

Dear Friends,
Thank you very much for your support of myBatik magazine. With this issue, we have reached issue 14, after 4 years in the industry.

In Batik, there are several different processes, not only hand-drawn batik, but also Copper Block Printing as well. These were the traditional ways of producing batik.

But in this new century, with iPADs and iPHONEs everywhere, where demand is greater than supply, and when traditional batik artists and painters become fewer, then mechanically produced batik becomes more prevalent.  So many of our readers love to throw this questions to me, “Is digitally produced batik considered batik ? ”

Well, it is considered Batik too, but we need to label it “Digitally (Machine) Printed Batik Design” but not “Hand Drawn (handmade) Batik”

I think, the suppliers and manufacturers need to be honest to the consumers and the washing instruction tags need to be clear.  Digitally printed Batik will be good too, if there is a warranty or refundable if the consumers find the defect within 7 days.

Right now, the myBatik team is working towards the modern century, and making the purchase of the consumers’ favourite batiks even easier. We are promoting several batik lines in our online store which not only can be trusted but are also offered at reasonable prices- for example ohterengganu.com & batikmadness.com.

If you produce batik and would like to sell online as well, why not registry with us at BUYbatik.com.my, where we are trying to connect batik producers and artists and offer the consumers a better way of acquiring batik.

Through BUYbatik.com.my, you not only can view and purchase Malaysian & Indonesian Batik but also the work of many batik producers from Europe and America.

myBatik is a platform for us to share beautiful batik art with everyone, while BUYbatik.com.my gives you an opportunity to own your beautiful piece of batik piece.

Last but not least, in this May-June-July issue, I wish all Parents a very Happy Mothers & Fathers Day.

Happy New Year 2011

Time Flies

This is the second issue of myBatik magazine in 2011 and the publication of myBatik enters its third year now.

We have a new goal and a new plan for a brand new year.  We want to continue to promote Batik, within Malaysia and abroad, through strategic planning and promotional campaigns. We want to make sure that batik is on the world stage.

With myBatik Magazine, we educate our readers on all facets of this growing industry, in Malaysia or abroad. We will include art and craft workshops, fashion shows, batik techniques, seminars on design and marketing related issues like merchandising, exhibitions etc.

Very importantly, we conceptualize market trends and coordinate with manufacturers and retailers for the development of fabrics and prints.

For the marvelous Year of the Tiger, I would like to congratulate Kraftangan Malaysia for making the National Craft Day another success story for 2010.

After buying Batik for Raya, Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, all of us are back to work and it is business as usual. I hope our readers will continue to support batik in office and casual wear.

In this issue #10 for May-June-July 2010, there are plenty of batik events like exhibitions, workshops and lectures coming up.  Please visit the TMS Art Centre or log on to www.tmsart.com.my  for details.  We not only showcase batik, we also show you the art process and all kinds of batik furnishing items.

We are also starting to rebrand our myBatik website, www.myBatik.org.my, to open up more opportunities for corporations and companies to come in and advertise to promote their businesses. We put together industry information made available on-line, making it easier for all parties to communicate, whether buyers or batik suppliers.

Welcome on board, Jonathan Evans, as the new editor of myBatik.   Jonathan is English and starts to work on issue #10.  We have confidence that Jonathan, who not only is an extraordinary editor and writer but has also painted in batik for over forty years, will make another wave for myBatik Magazine.

He is also the web editor for http://www.facebook.com/myBatik, so please drop him a line.

Music is the expression of harmony in sound.

Love is the expression of harmony in life.

Coming together is a beginning;

Working together is progress;

Keeping together is success.

For this issue, we also would like to say thank you to Jeannie Cotter who was the myBatik editor since the issue#1 in 2007. We hope Jeannie the best in her writing journey.

“No one is perfect… that is why pencils have erasers”

So remember email to us at editor@myBatik.org.my if you have any comment on myBatik. So practice makes perfect and never be self complacent.

Thank you for your support and have a nice day!

jimmy choo & emilia tan

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfirtri 2010

In the process of making a good and quality magazine, I have been to travelling a lot to understand more about industry’s needs and issues as they arise.

A good batik magazine is not just about the cover looking good but also good photography and graphic design layout. Quality is not just about high quality printing but also the quality of the content: the write-ups and the information conveyed.

myBatik is growing and the whole team is busy promoting batik by organizing batik bazaars, exhibitions, product launches, plus seminars and workshops. We are now also spreading our wings to Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Thailand, United Kingdom and many more.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all myBatik supporters, fans and readers. Without the help from all of you, the batik industry cannot be promoted and batik producers cannot produce better batik…

So for this coming Raya, do buy more Batik wear!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfirtri.

My Artist’s Life

Many years ago, when I first begun painting in school, I asked for some advice from my art teachers, all of whom are great artists, namely Wong Han Zhong, Tan Tong & Fatimah Chik.

I knew an artist’s life is not easy especially in Malaysia, where the economy is still developing and a high demand for art is not there yet as compared to that of a developed country’s. I have deep respect for all artists – rich or poor, they are happy everyday, hold their brush happily, paint with all their hearts and express their inner feelings through colours.

A publisher’s life is not easy too, especially as the publisher of a magazine that caters for a very niche market. It was a challenge from the beginning for myBatik and is still a challenge today. But I am happy that we had managed to pull through all obstacles since 2007.

Every issue of myBatik magazine is just like a painting. From the collecting of articles, data, write ups, photographs and information, until the designing stage and proof-reading at the end, we go through a step by step process, just like painting an art piece. I am grateful to have a very professional team. One of myBatik’s aims is to get the attention of our readers and create a deeper awareness for batik either locally or abroad. We hope in this modern world, everyone, especially the young generation, will always remember batik either as a cultural identity, art or craft.

A bit of progress on myBatik. With the publication of the 6th issue of myBatik, it will now hit the news stands. This is yet another challenge for myBatik team as we have now entered a different stage. We hope to get a good response from all of you, readers and together let’s appreciate what arts, culture and heritage can do to make the world a better place to live in. Grab yourself a copy of myBatik magazine now at any MPH outlet and buy Malaysian Batik a HOPE. Enjoy this issue and we look forward to receiving your comments and letters.