Monthly Archives: November 2015

November Colours

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Malam Prints Edition
will be released this coming
Wednesday, 18 November 2015,
at Tulisan Boutiques,
in Plaza Senayan and Darmawangsa Square.

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These November colours, Malam Nero Burgundy and Malam Red Sangria, are collectible and to be adored for generations. With a mindset of ethical business practice and environmental awareness, we have hand-crafted our whimsical soft goods in small batches through sustainable fabrication methods.

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Available styles can be browsed through the following catalog:

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We offer free delivery for order destinations within Indonesia.
Give us a call at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com
if you need further assistance.

Warmest Regards,
Tulisan Clientele Services

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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Free Gift Services

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It’s hard to believe, but we are already half way through November! The holiday season and all sorts of celebrations are only one month away: office party, school farewell, and Christmas gathering. Plan your vacation and prepare your gift list in advance, so you don’t need to be stressed out with all these year-end events. Tulisan has created a special gift guide with free services. Select any of the items listed in the gift guide below to enjoy our free gift-wrapping services and free delivery for destinations within Jakarta area.

Click here to browse through our Free Gift Services catalog
and follow these easy steps:

Step 1.
Select one from the assortment of 8 exclusive gift-wrap sets. Each set includes a wrapping paper, a ribbon, a greeting letterhead and a matching envelope.

Step 2.
Select any of the five hand-lettered greeting notes: ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Love’ and ‘Thank you’.
Then, personalize it with the name of the sender and the receiver.

Step 3.
Select the gift item and fill-in the order form.

Give us a call at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com
if you need further assistance.

Warmest Regards,
Tulisan Clientele Services

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(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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A Life Honoured and Remembered

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In loving memory of
Professor Dr. Burton Nathan Raffel
a translator, a poet and a teacher of literature and humanity
(April 27, 1928 – September 29, 2015)

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In March of 2015, I was fortunate to meet Dr. Burton Raffel, who translated Chairil Anwar’s work into English. Having read his book The Voice of the Night: Complete Poetry and Prose of Chairil Anwar, I sought to talk to the man who had so eloquently translated the work of the brilliant Indonesian poet. I contacted him and to my delight, shortly thereafter, Burton welcomed me to Louisiana, where over the course of four days he shared with me his unparalleled insight.

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Burton and his wife, Elizabeth, gave me a tour around their home in Lafayette, Louisiana, which showcased over 15,000 books. Many of the volumes in his vast personal library were his own work (translation and non-translation).

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In his lifetime, Burton had spoken eight languages, including Bahasa Indonesia which he learnt during his stay in Makassar in 1953 to 1955. This man had given me a very personal and inspiring view on Chairil Anwar.

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From Burton, I discovered that Chairil Anwar was a passionate artist. Anwar’s work had presented a new paradigm in Bahasa Indonesia through many hard work and daring experiments which broke the conventional way of thinking during his time.

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Before I left Lafayette, Burton and Elizabeth gave me dozens of books, amongst which were rare classical books of Indonesian literature: Penjair dan Sandjak by Bakri Siregar, Surat Kertas Hijau by Sitor Situmorang, Zaman Baru by Sitor Situmorang, Wadjah Tak Bernama by Sitor Situmorang, Chairil Anwar: Pelopor Angkatan ’45 by H.B. Jassin, and many more treasures.

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It is difficult to track down the original versions of Anwar’s poetry due to the changing nature of the Indonesian language. In addition, references/sources regarding his work are not readily available and editorial liberties have been taken over the years as his works have been republished. Due to these circumstances, I am deeply grateful to Burton Raffel for graciously allowing me to use his translations for the Bio Fantasy Project.

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Burton Raffel is a literary scholar and master. His knowledge of the mechanics and pathways of language have taken many forms over the decades. From translating epic poems like Beowulf to canonical novels like Don Quixote and The Divine Comedy, he has time and again made great writers accessible to younger generations. His deep understanding of the complexities of language are evident in his translations, which element-by-element follow their original texts. In this way he has made Anwar’s words as impactful in English as they are in Indonesian.

Warmest regards,
Melissa Sunjaya


{ Bio Fantasy Preface by Burton Raffel }

I have never changed my mind about Chairil Anwar’s achievement and what I very clearly still see as his never-threatened literary status. There is of course no doubt that he was not entirely sane, nor that he gave no more than a dime to his (or to any) society’s concerns. Poetry, considered completely, was essentially all he really cared about. Indonesia has had some very fine poets but very few poets can achieve what Anwar’s poetry most certainly did. Very few poets in any culture ever will.

Kalau sampai waktuku
‘Ku mau tak seorang ‘kan meraju
Tidak djuga kau

These are the first three lines of an Anwar poem entitled Aku [Me],
which I long ago translated:

When my time comes
I want to hear no one’s cries
Nor yours either.

This is precisely the carefully composed poetry that only immensely powerful poets can produce. You are able to see this fact beautifully set together with the illustrations provided by Melissa Sunjaya – designer, painter, poet, and more.

Burton Raffel
Lafayette, Louisiana
2 March 2015

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Embarking on Bio Fantasy

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The truth is everyone in our team was both super excited and extremely nervous about the launching event on last Wednesday, 28 October 2015, at Tulisan in Plaza Senayan. The collection was quite unexpected compared to the ones from the preceding seasons. It seemed like it was such a swift passing moment since we first discussed this topic internally in July 2014. Our team worked until 3 a.m. in the morning in setting up the store, transforming the space into a fresh theme with new vibrant colors.

When the store opened at 10 a.m., there were already several of Tulisan’s enthusiasts who came to hunt down the ‘Only One’ collection. By mid day, all the bags from this one-of-a-kind collection were sold out, returning the focus back to the ‘Nocturno’ Originals Edition. Many guests came to see the preview of ‘Bio Fantasy’ book. A compact exhibit table was equipped with a headset and sound system for one to experience reading the book while listening to the new musical rendition by Windra Benyamin.

Tulisan had invited three artists to create their own personal interpretation of Bio Fantasy project. This collaborative work presented an anthology of five musical compositions by Windra Benyamin, a series of posters by Fero Utama, a short film by Condro Wibowo (to be released in 2016), and a sci-fi story with an accompanying series of 75 illustrated prints by Melissa Sunjaya. An intimate and casual discussion was held in the afternoon between the four ‘Bio Fantasy’ artists and our guests of honours, Ms. Evawani Alissa Anwar and Ms. Anastasia Adha Rizka, daughter and grand daughter of the late Chairil Anwar whose complete poetry are featured in this project.

The discussion underlined that the main goal of this project was solely to present an inspiring access to Chairil Anwar’s work. An access which is crucial for the millennial generation to understand how Chairil Anwar’s groundbreaking ouevre had contributed a linguistic progress to Bahasa Indonesia.

We believe that an awareness to culture is one step towards mental liberation and this awareness should be accessible for everyone. Through Bio Fantasy project, we seek further funding to enable us present a larger installation for a broader audience. Thank you for your support and belief in our work.

 

Warmest Regards,

Tulisan Chronicles Team


 

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Exhibit table displaying a preview of the ‘Bio Fantasy’ book is available at Tulisan Plaza Senayan until Wednesday, 4 November 2015.

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Ibu Anastasia Adha Rizka (grand daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar (daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Ria Alisjahbana (daughter of Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, niece of Chairil Anwar), and Ibu Didi Hersubeno.

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Intimate discussion with the Bio Fantasy visiting artists: Condro Wibowo, Windra Benyamin, and Fero Utama.

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Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar and the Bio Fantasy artists.

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Assorted refreshments from Monolog Coffee were served throughout the day.

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(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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