Wearing your Plume and Wonder

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If you are someone who are constantly commuting and is in dire need of organisation skills to keep your day efficient and hassle free, we recommend to read through and find the following ways on how you can carry your Tulisan Plume and Wonder.

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1. Pack your Shoes

When traveling, extra shoes are essential. If you end up in a country where walking is the main mode of transport, an additional pair of sneakers or any comfortable shoes will bring you a long way.

Our pick: Medium Cube - Wonder Smokey Lunar

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2. Tying Gadgets as One

Chargers and extra memory in form of a hard disk will keep you updated with the timelines of work and news. Instead of rummaging through your bag for the phone charge and getting an iPad charger instead, our small cube keeps them readily available in one open zip.

Our pick: Small Cube – Plume Smokey Night 

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3. Quick Make Up Fix

A quick touch up powdering your nose or glossing your lips is a necessary treat to keep you constantly refreshed for any occasion. Be it for a meeting with your client, a night out with your girls, or a romantic get-together with your partner.

Our pick: Small Pouch or Organisers – Wonder Light Coco

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4. Covering Travel Essential

Passports are the closest thing to being your life when you are in a foreign country. It is the main essential which gets you from one border to the next. It is also the one thing which you will take out of your bag for an immigration check or identity purposes. To avoid this life card to be spoiled, have it cover in our choices of Passport Envelopes. In addition, it will look nice to the eyes!

Our pick: Passport Envelopes – Plume Blue Capri

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Gedung Djoang ’45

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There is a great disparity about what our fathers understood about independence day to what we learned in school. We have learned about our first president Soekarno as the first president on his fight against our freedom, however, the fight itself was not a individual struggle, it could have only be achieved through a collective force.

Gedung Djoang ’45 in Menteng thus becomes a historical record of Indonesia’s journey towards independence. This museum was then a hotel before becoming a meeting point for a political education program governed by Soekarno, A.M Hanafi, Chaerul Saleh, and Adam Malik — known as Pemoeda Menteng 31, a collective responsible in the re-enactmet of Soekarno, Hatta, and Fatmawati’s kidnapping to Rengasdengklok one day before independence day.

In this museum, we learned through a chronological tour on the people and events that followed towards the birth of Indonesia. We can witness the remains of our history through the past objects, statement posters, staged figurines and one of its exclusive feature being the official service transportation once owned by the first president and vice president as well as the car used by Soekarno during an assassination attempt at a school function in Cikini.

The only problem we found about the museum was many of its posters were digitally printed and blown up from its original scale, creating pixelated imagery, an unfortunate part which affected the whole viewing experience. Although for an entrance which only cost us Rp. 5000, – we are not complaining much, we only wish for today is everybody put a little effort in understanding pieces of our past to make sense of the present.

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Gedung Djoang ’45
Jl. Menteng Raya No.31,
Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat,
Daerah Khusus Ibukota
Jakarta 10340, Indonesia

Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Krishni Swandayani

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Melissa Sunjaya at Ideafest 2015

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“Idea is the future for all of us,” said Triawan Munaf, the head of the Creative Economy Bureau of Indonesia as he opened the second day of Ideafest 2015. The event was held in Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, where more than 800 people attended the seminars, talkshows, and conferences on ideas and how they can change the way people live.

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Among the keynote speakers, Tulisan’s Melissa Sunjaya was one of them. Being the first conference in the morning, people queued up in front of the gates and when it finally opened at 10 a.m., they rushed to get the best seats in the room. The huge room was filled with enthusiasm, as DJ Hogi warmed them up before Sarah Sechan as the host introduced Melissa and Carline on to the stage.

Sitting along with Carline Darjanto of CottonInk and moderated by Dien Tirto Buwono, they discussed the creative process behind the retail business and how the company operates while having a creative background in the session: Anatomy of Modern Indonesian Brands.

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Melissa shared her story with the audience on how she and her mother built Tulisan from scratch, and how they strived for excellence on every aspect of the business, including the process of planning and calculation of every decision they made as a company. “She is the ideal business partner: the one you can trust to be honest with you the whole time,” said Melissa, as the audience clapped with admiration.

The whole session felt heartwarming as both the speaker talked about their experience in running a business with their own partner. The sincere tone in their speech and the confident gestures made the audience realized however strict and discipline they are in running their business, they are both human after all.

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Text and Photograph by Yuda Dilianzia

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70 Years of Independence

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The only way we can appreciate our grounds is if we understood our history. To have an open eye and ear to the roots that became the backbone of where we stand today.

70 years ago, we fought consistently for a freedom we deserved and whether we can say we are truly independent depends on those who fight and take ownership for their own self.

For Melissa her fight for freedom became a journey of discovery:

“Every Woman who wants to start something should view the journey as a fight for her own freedom. Every gain she earns in finding this freedom is about discovering something new about herself and every loss she faces is about learning her strength.”

To our proud nation who have conquered their rights and to everyone who are in the quest for freedom, have a mighty heart and push through as we did years ago.

 Happy 70th Independence Day, Indonesia!

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IdeaFest 2015: Creativity with Purpose

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Since 2011, IdeaFest has emerged in Jakarta as a platform which sparks discussions and creative action. With our creative industry emerging with eventful and potential start-ups, IdeaFest was born to network these great talents in one place in hopes to snowball into an aspiration and inspiration for our city and its people.

“We believe a good business gives benefits not only to the owner but also to the environment.”

Our own Melissa Sunjaya will take on the stage this coming 07-08 August 2015, at Jakarta Convention Centre alongside prolific entrepreneur as GoJek CEO, Nadiem Makarim, Kicky Andy Host and Journalist, Andy F. Noya, Cotton Ink Creative Director, Carline Darjanto and many other great makers.

For more information on the tickets click: www.ideafest.id

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Melissa Sunjaya

Melissa Sunjaya founded Tulisan in 2010, with the initial idea was to create artist-illustrated print editions and apply them to lifestyle products, 100% made in Jakarta with an original twist. With IDR 5 million for the initial production cost, she bought one hundred yards of raw cotton canvas from an upholstery shop which sold left-over export materials and cut the canvas roll in small pieces. She launched Tulisan first line of products through The Bright Spot Market in Pacific Place during 11-14 March 2010, where her team of only four people sold a total of approximately IDR 67 million in merchandise. People were intrigued by the fact that each product had a short fiction behind the illustration. Tulisan continued introducing their products through Melissa’s home boutique in Jalan Tirtayasa, the local Jakarta community events and pop-up markets and by January 31, 2014 (ten months after initial launch), the monthly sales had reached approximately IDR 150 million.

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A Tulisan Woman: Diwien Hartono

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As you inhale fragrance of thyme, she gently places her palms towards your head or occasionally on your back. Sometimes, she exerts pressure towards your skin with her index finger or thumb as she quietly listens to you talk. Other times, she will leave you to peacefully sleep. As you lay on the bed wondering what she does to your body as she move from one side to the next from finger to toe. Your only assurance is trusting she will help you tweak you back to the acquired balance your body is seeking for.

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Only two levels above the Tulisan Darmawangsa Square store, Diwien Hartono, often awaits for our individual presence on a yellow chair in a practice called True Nature Holistic Healing. Often you will see her seated comfortably barefooted with her legs up sideways on the cushion.

She smiles and welcomes you in as if welcoming a guest to her own home.

As she walks you towards the therapy room, she offers a glass of water on every visit. “Dehydration is the cause of most illness,” she often says. Water as she explains has remarkable benefits in eliminating toxin and curing the most troublesome ailments.

But water itself is not enough. Before you start, she asks a number of questions regarding your perceived illness. She starts off by explaining the nature of this holistic practice. Holistic therapy stem from an understanding if imbalances occur in the human body, the wholeness of the person – physical, emotional, or spiritual – has a direct effect on the well-being. One aspect cannot function without the other.

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“We are made up of four elements. The body, emotion and mind, psychic, and spirit,” Diwien thoroughly shares. As anyone often says, your body sickness are a manifestation of troubled emotion, mind, or psychic. Spirit is an aspect of the self which is untouchable. It bellies from your own relations to a higher power. Whereas the three foremost factors are controllable daily.

Although understanding one’s emotions is like opening layers of an onion. The traumatic events or emotional hurdles we encounter and the kinds we repress will translate instead into a tangible form of distinct pain.

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It was by choice she decided to dedicated her life now to people who suffer from bringing a balance in their body. As a therapist, she had learned the hard way of battling with her own conflicted mind and body throughout the years of facing asthma and allergies. Her past job working in sales in an IT company were high strung and gave her numerous head and body aches.

By fate she met with Reza Gunawan, owner of the holistic practice, who has for years delved into the world of self-healing, where Diwien was determined to learn to take herself out of her misery of aches and give herself a peace of mind.

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A high level of self-awareness is needed to bring yourself to its wholesome condition. Something not everyone is determined to understand. It takes time and practice in understanding your core purpose and expression. Indonesia and Asian culture in general are not accustomed in expressing ourselves freely. “I can only understand people from what I see and hear from them,” Diwien affirms,  “I can only help if the person is willing to cooperate.” Which is the challenge she faces. She believes, however, in process. It takes time to conquer your limiting beliefs.

There is a written philosophy in the True Nature blog which goes: I am at most responsible in nurturing, caring, and healing the health, balance, and happiness of my own life.  This becomes the aim for her to ensure everyone she encounter can have ownership to their own mishaps and live with a healthier well-being.

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She has been a comfortable confidant for the Tulisan team, as most team member has sought support from her on a weekly basis. Tulisan itself has become a mirror to her self-healing journey. She has been in love with the Tulisan collection from the get go, but one story has lingered in her heart, “Anima reflects a lot about my lifestory.”

Anima revolves around the pull of the subconscious and our projected reality. For Diwien, she has found herself in The Oracle of the Catfish, one of the central characters in Anima which dabbles into the world of divinations and tampers with both tangible and intangible world. Coincidently, Oracle was the name of the company she previously worked in.

Visible similarities are even experienced through the five kingdoms of Anima – Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Air – where she currently studying the healing practice with essential oils of those five elements.

As she constantly becomes a foundation for us who were on the road to contentment, I was curious and had asked her how she keeps herself going forward positively. To my surprise, she explained she is not for the concept of positive self-affirmation.

“Affirmation only last for a short while. You need to accept every negative aspect of your life before you can fully embrace the positive aspects,” She concludes.

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Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Michał Górzyński

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Happy Children’s Day!

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I will paint or I will cook,
At times even read a book.
I scribble or I nibble,
Occasionally have a giggle.
I tiptoe or I jump,
When I am not in a grump.
I see and I will do,
Often without a clue.

Happy Children’s Day!

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Eid Operational Hours

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Another Ramadan month has passed us quickly and before we know it by tomorrow we will be celebrating this whole “challenging” but equally blessed up with a winning triumph of fighting with perseverance. As the whole Tulisan team will be off for a few days to enjoy time with our loved ones, we also would like to announce the store closing time and dates:

Darmawangsa Store:
Lebaran Break: Closed 17th of July to 19th of July 2015
Normal Operations: 20th July 2015 from 9:00 to 21:00

Plaza Senayan Store:
Lebaran Break: Closed on the day of Lebaran – 17th of July 2015
Normal Operations: Normal operating hours after the Lebaran break. 

Selamat Idul Fitri 
Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin!

- Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Celebrating the Love for Coffee

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For the longest time, Indonesia has been one of the biggest producers of coffee in the world. Coffee itself is considered a staple drink for Indonesians.

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The much senior folks often choose indulging in dark and bitter black coffee, while the increasing fad of coffee cultures and cafe’s around Indonesia has the youth option for various options of milk-based coffee as cappuccino or latte’s.

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Whatever the kind, the love for coffee has transcended throughout the years for anyone and everyone. This month should be the perfect month to celebrate the love of coffee with a friendly gift.

The Art of Coffee:
01 | 100gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Anomali Tumblr, Latte Shaker, Coffee Press, Tulisan Tea Towel – IDR.940,000
02 | 100gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Anomali Tumblr, Latte Shaker, Paper Filter, Pour Over Kit V60, Tulisan Tea Towel – IDR. 760,000
03 | 600gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Tulisan Tea Towel, Tulisan Box Packaging –  IDR. 425,000

Available Delivery Service
Come to Tulisan Shops in Darmawangsa Square City Walk 

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Photography by Michał Górzyński 

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Beach Tote for Ramadan

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The Beach Tote has always been a favorite for our Tulisan friends and family. Other than being a tote suitable for the Beach (hence the name), the Beach Tote’s many pockets outside and inside of the Tote makes it handy for all sorts of purposes. It can be used for a weekend Picnic, as a Diaper Bag, or even to stuff all your gym gear intact.

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The Beach Tote also features the signature Tulisan hook to clip smaller Tulisan pouches and organizers inside keeping smaller items secure. Bonus: Features a built-in pocket large enough to store two bottles of wine or sparkling water.

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For this Ramadan Month The Beach Bag is available as a hamper to give your loved ones a thought of gratitude.

Beach Bag – Marigold Premiere IDR. 748,000

Available Delivery Service
Come to Tulisan Shops in Darmawangsa Square City Walk and Plaza Senayan Level 2

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Photography by Michał Górzyński

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Anomali & Tulisan Hampers: The Art of Coffee

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The Art of Coffee is the first collaborative effort by Tulisan and Anomali to promote the wealth of resources in Indonesia. Inspired by the collective effort in promoting sustainability of operations, The Art of Coffee honors the artisanal craftmanship of its product by treasuring the genuine connection towards nature, communities, and the arts.

Anomali and Tulisan strives on the same ideals of improving quality of its product by using sustainable methods to foster a healthier environment and a fair working condition. Both Tulisan and Anomali invest time in training and employing artisans in Indonesia to establish a product of quality.

The Art of Coffee:
01 | 100gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Anomali Tumblr, Latte Shaker, Coffee Press, Tulisan Tea Towel – IDR.940,000
02 | 100gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Anomali Tumblr, Latte Shaker, Paper Filter, Pour Over Kit V60, Tulisan Tea Towel – IDR. 760,000
03 | 600gr Anomali Coffee Beans, Tulisan Tea Towel, Tulisan Box Packaging –  IDR. 425,000

Available Delivery Service
Come to Tulisan Shops in Darmawangsa Square City Walk 

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Photography by Michał Górzyński

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A Vow To The Celestial Flame

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Principia Tote: The Royal Spades,
‘by MS with Love’ Collector’s Edition of 12 pieces only.

A final vow would be given to honour the complete ANIMA Kingdom. The trustworthy Lynx with all its might and just marches with a fiery end.

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Olio Clutch: The Royal Spades,
‘by MS with Love’ Collector’s Edition of 12 pieces only.

Justice, progress and power are brought to life by the celestial flame.

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Save the date for tomorrow Wednesday, 24th of June, 2015 and get your hands at the limited Olio Clutch and Principia Tote in our Plaza Senayan store!

Photography by Michał Górzyński
Modelled by Melissa Sunjaya
Illustrations by Melissa Sunjaya & Sébastien Théraulaz
Collection Design by Melissa Sunjaya & Weina Ding

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Happy 488th Birthday Jakarta!

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There is a strange relationship people have between Jakarta. Being a city synonymous with the word chaotic, every inch of the city from the sky-high concrete squares to the soil everyone steps on breeds a life of its own. There is a gap so large between what is there for us and the dream of the city we wish to attain. Yet, despite the on-going bicker and sweat poured to make our day worthwhile. Jakarta still is home to those with a warm welcoming embrace. Even though we often wish to be away from the chaos, Jakarta is an open gate available to be unlocked by those willing to try over and over again for the loops of opportunity available in abundance — only if we are willing to look for them.

Jakarta is not London, Paris, New York or any other great city. Despite its pollution and bumper-to-bumper traffic, living in Jakarta is about taking chances, being close to family, and having true friends. It is a melting pot where you will find many inspiring minds and undiscovered talent. Appearances are often deceiving. This is definitely the case with a chaotic city like Jakarta, but once you delve into its inner beauty you realize that this is a place brimming with vitality and an abundance of untapped creative energy.” – Melissa Sunjaya, Co-founder and Artist of Tulisan

Happy 488th Jakarta!

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Ramadhan Hampers of Your Liking

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With the month of Ramadhan being a month of quiet contemplations and a generous month spent with your loving friends and family, we hereby present to you choices of our Ramadhan Hampes to cherish your loved ones.

Ramadhan Hampers:
01 | Coterie Bag –  Celosia Cristata IDR.888,000
02 | Coterie Bag – Marigold Knit IDR. 1,448,000
03 | Coterie Bag – Marigold Diversity IDR.968,000
04 | Beach Bag – Marigold Premiere IDR. 748,000

Available Delivery Service
Come to Tulisan Shops in Darmawangsa Square City Walk and Plaza Senayan Level 2 

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Photography by Michał Górzyński

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The Empire of Founders

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The suit of blazing spades portrays the fourth classical element of fire. In the ANIMA deck this celestial flame is protected by an empire of vigilant and trustworthy lynx.

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Their collective ambition is to create a balance that protects their ever-evolving civilization. The Queen Lynx upholds justice.

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The Jack Lynx controls the progression of society. The King Lynx is a strong ruler who empowers his citizens.

Save the date on this Wednesday, 24th of June, 2015 and get your hands on the limited Olio Clutch and Principia Tote in our Plaza Senayan store!

Photography by Michał Górzyński
Modelled by Melissa Sunjaya
Illustrations by Melissa Sunjaya & Sébastien Théraulaz
Collection Design by Melissa Sunjaya & Weina Ding

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