Monthly Archives: December 2012

Red Revolution

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WP_FALL12_RL_05Red is a curious color. I love that it perpetuates passion, elegance, mystery, and radiance altogether. WP_FALL12_RL_02

For generations the color stands for revolution, embodying the spirit of courage.


I adore its boldness, especially as the weather gets gloomier in some parts of the world this time of the year. Red emerges, makes notions, and rises to color your days.


The color goes well with the classic elegance of purple and black ebony, or the soothing ecru and deep grey. Add a tint of french blue for that graceful charm.


Revolving with red is indeed a world of ever changing, ever daring. – Rassi Narika

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The Fabric of Hmong

One of the most memorable moment during my trip to Vietnam was my encounter to the Hmong – the minority tribe. Hmong people live in a fascinating world of fabrics and colors. The colors of their cloth identify one among the varieties of Hmong tribe that existed. In Sa Pa I met with the Black Hmong, Red Hmong, and Flower Hmong.


Bắc Hà weekend market was a melting pot for the Flower Hmongs and travellers. It was a once-a-week community market where locals socialized and did their groceries chores. A place where everything from rain boots to buffalos, fruits to local corn wine were sold.

It was an exquisite treat to see a vibrant interactions of – mostly women -in robes of rich color and patterns. They carried piles of harvest, negotiated the prices of boars, back carried their sleeping babies, or chose a new skirt to wear.

The Hmongs wove their own fabrics and wore the clothes in layers: inner blouse, skirts, waist belt, shoulder cap, leg warmer, bags, head scarf. All of which comes in distinct pallet and simple cross stitches which layered to create their traditional ornaments.

In the Hmong community, one’s marital status, tribe, and village origin are identified through their look. Without formal education in color proportion, composition, or pattern-making, the Hmongs shaped their presence through these shades of yarn. Catching beauty, a thread at a time. Rassi Narika

Many thanks again to Arif W. Brago and Dika Satya for lending their eyes through these images.

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Mango Mania

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Indonesia is the home of some of the best tasting mangoes in the world.  The fruit is not only rich in flavor, but also in nutrients. The antioxidant vitamins A and C, beta-carotene,  and polyphenols are only a few to mention.

To pick that fresh and well-ripen mango, I noted these tips from Didi, Melissa’s mom:

  1. Look for that fresh green skin. The more vibrant it looks, the fresher it is.
  2. The end-shape of the mango – where the stem used to be – should be round. It tells if the fruit has grown to its maturity level and sweetness.
  3. The tenderness of the skin would also tell if the mango has completely ripen. If it is too hard, the mango is still raw and sour; too soft then it is too ripe.

With a pinch of salt and a drip of lemon juice to top it off, enjoy the freshness of every bite!

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Tulisan at Lotus Bleu

Good news if you are residing in California Bay Area, Tulisan’s collection is now available at San Fransisco’s über-chic Lotus Bleu boutique.

This home decor and interior design boutique at Hayes Valley, San Fransisco is shaped based on Jeannie Fraise’s love in travel, artistic background, and design experience.

The brand travels out to Paris to look for colorful graphics and modern textile to create an exciting selection of home textiles, lighting and accessories with a twist on materials and motifs.

Their rich colors and bold patterns are perfect combinations to home Tulisan’s bags. Lotus Bleu boutique is at 325 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 – Rassi Narika

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First Batch of 12: Cushion Cover

To complete the First Batch of 12 Home collection, the Cushion Cover sets are coming in. Also available only twelve pieces per series before its complete launch next Spring.

Mail Orders are available only for delivery within Indonesia by sending inquiries to


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Tulisan’s Debut at The Goods Dept.

Expect surprises at Tulisan’s kiosk at The Goods Dept.‘s new spot in Pondok Indah Mall 2. It is right next to the Food Court area on the 3rd Floor, so you would not miss it. Opening for public this Friday, December 14th.

See you there!

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First Batch of Twelve

Beloved Friends of Tulisan,

It is an overwhelming joy to receive your genuine appreciation and to know that you believe in what I do. I started Tulisan in 2010 by creating illustrated print editions, limited to 12 pieces per series. In nurturing this newborn brand from Jakarta, our collection has continued to grow while we maintain our unique artisanal craftsmanship by constructing every piece by hand in small batches until this day.

On Wednesday, the 5th of December 2012, we will be pre-launching “First Batch of 12” for 2 new editions of Spring 2013: “Bawang Putih & the Night Sky” by Myra Bianda and “The Love Letter of Roro Mendut” by myself. Each piece of the “First Batch of 12” series will be numbered on a special label. Myra and I will be available in our store on this pre-launching day. We hope to meet you then.

Happy Holidays and Triple Kisses,

Melissa Sunjaya and Tulisan Team

The “First Batch of 12” comprises the following signature articles: Beach Bag, Hobo Tote, Librarian Tote, Tea Towel, and Apron. Cushion Covers series will also come in the following week.

Mail Orders are available only for delivery within Indonesia.

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The Best Three Hours Drive

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Often the most memorable time came from making a spontaneous trip with an ideal companion. This one was a three-hour drive from Jakarta to Bandung, with a girl named Cella in one sunny weekend. With her, everything seemed to flow effortlessly in modesty and without pretense. We chatted about many things, argued on a few cases and giggled away on some humiliating incidents. Time flew and for once it did not matter.

From Bandung, we continued to travel South until we reached the White Crater, also known as Kawah Putih lake. The lake is one of the two craters of Mount Patuha, a relatively stable stratovolcano with no significant records of activity since 1600 among many numerous volcanoes in Java.

Standing 2,430 meters above sea level, the air around the lake was brisk and surreal.

It was breathtaking to watch the lake change its color from teal blue to pale jade, depending on the temperature and sulphur concentration.

The acidity of the lake had painted the sand and rocks around the crater with a white wash, making the whole scene charmingly mysterious.

Driving back, I thought of how some people could easily be unconscious of the natural richness and beauty surrounding them. Sometimes, we hardly need to travel so far and spend the high expenses to find one of these unforgettable experiences. It could just be standing close to you.

Warmest regards, Fadly CAP

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