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Nesting Place


LB_FW1617_HOME_1625RS_07_1200x800Hi, I’m Fani.


Since I started working in Tulisan, I have spent numerous hours discussing projects in Melissa’s own house which also served as her art studio. She treats her Tulisan team in kinship. We would be having breakfast, lunch and coffees together like a family. Among this tight working team, we would share many touches of laughter while tackling deadlines.


LB_FW1617_HOME_05_01_1200x800I rent a 4×5 square meter urban room in South Jakarta, not far from my office. It is a simple space with tiny ventilation panels giving it a descent natural light source. I often wonder how to redecorate this space without spending an excessive budget and a huge effort.LB_FW1617_HOME_1625RS_012_1200x800


One rainy afternoon as Melissa was working on her household responsibilities, I asked her for some tips on decorating rooms. So she took me to see her room. To my surprise, her bedroom was humble, yet warm and cozy. She loves spending time at home, and especially a lot of ‘me time’ in this room for reading, writing, and drinking tea.

LB_FW1617_HOME_1625RS_010_1200x800Her bare room was filled with only the basic sleeping necessities, such as a low mattress, a colonial arm chair, a reading lamp, candles, and a ladder as hangers. Her handwriting over the mattress gave the space a very poetic touch, like a lullaby before bedtime.



Melissa suggested me to redecorate my room with a limited colour palette of white and grey, making the creative process easier and giving a lasting satisfaction. The neutral tones made the room more spacious and friendly for the soul. Her bedroom was overall covered in neutral coloured linens, then vibrantly accented with Tulisan’s home collections.



I discovered a couple of unique ideas for my own space. As an example, the tea towel could be used as an interchangeable wall decoration and as a seat cover. The car organizer could also be hanged on the wall to organize tissue, books, and notes.


I felt inspired that day because her decorating tips were easy to apply. A pleasant atmosphere doesn’t have to be expensive.

I hope you have a great day,
Zharfani Padmasedhana

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Artwork by Melissa Sunjaya
Photography by Bima Chris

Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Tari Pulsar: 2/3

Chemist Bag: Deformasi - Yellow Sunflower

Chemist Bag: Deformasi – Yellow Sunflower

“In this pseudo-dream, my position as Earth and human was often a blur, even a blend of the two. Both roles could be discerned by all my senses. Like a scar inside my head, I recalled the moment Mother Earth uttered, “My universe is far different than that of this human which is presently rotating on its own axis with a virtual speed stronger than what his ratio is able to grasp. However if his determined heart is prepared to erase our differences, my every joint too is capable in repainting this dance. Only for him, I wish to create a fantasy, colored by countless leaps of possibility. In silence, I await a signal to construct a new world which cannot be seen by prejudiced eyes.”

Chemist Bag: Transgresi - Red Sangria

These catastrophic eruptions prompting reformation to the Earth’s contours became the solo direction in sustaining this pulsar dance. This was the essential part of the relationship between Earth and humans. The nature of these calamities was also very temporary. Every deformation or disorder must be appreciated as a catalyst driving us to a higher position. The most challenging thing to me was the deformation of the mind. The ‘Deformasi’ of self which examined every imperfection and undressed every defect would definitely shock many faces. Through the transparency of this approach, the vanity of individualism was deliberately sabotaged in order to become aware of the importance of taking down the ego, destroying old masks, and forming a fresh character.” –Excerpt from Surat No. 1, Melissa Sunjaya.

Concerto Purse: Deformasi - Yellow Sunflower

Concerto Purse: Deformasi – Yellow Sunflower

Prints Edition: Deformasi & Transgresi
will be released this coming
Wednesday, 22th of February 2017,
at all of Tulisan Jakarta Boutiques,
in Colony Kemang, Plaza Senayan,
and Darmawangsa Square The City Walk.

Please find the link below for full catalog
The New East Indies: February Release

Metropole: Transgresi - Red Sangria

We offer free delivery for order destination within Indonesia
Give us a call at:
Plaza Senayan +62 (21) 5790-0412
Colony Kemang +62 (21) 2952-9927
Darmawangsa Square The City Walk +62 (21) 7278-0235
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Illustrated by Melissa Sunjaya
Photography by Bima Chris
Choreography by Davit Fitrik

Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Simon, The Skimpy Sailor


“He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach.” The Old Man and The Sea

Santiago, Ernest Hemingway’s protagonist in the book, The Old Man and The Sea, is a fisherman who goes offshore and finds the greatest catch of his life. A classic tale of endurance in adventure, of the love of sea and the reflections of those he leaves behind.

As Santiago unravels the greatest discovery bound against the vastness of the sea, on a sunny Monday afternoon, I sat across a man who had push his own limits to find the beauty that lay beneath the unpredictable current of the ocean.

Simon Davis is a chiropractor by profession but a true sailor by heart. He has spent the last couple of years going through the breeze and waves of different continents by his favored sailboat he names Skimpy. On a chance encounter traveling to the Marshall Islands, Simon registered his Yacht under the surprisingly existing Port of Bikini. Highlighting the playfulness of his character.


A well-built man with a dream bigger than himself, Simon has long dreamed of cruising around the world since the age of 18 years old. Having parents who encourage traveling might have been his first trigger, but having come from, as Simon says, “one of the most isolated city in the world,” namely Perth, his yearning to see beyond the cityscapes made him plunge into the unknown.

After a few minutes into our conversation, it was easy to grasp how much joy he found in the world. A couple of times, he would throw his big hearty laugh, other times, his facial expression were often at ease as he took a bite into his Veggie Brie. What was most memorable about Simon was when sharing something exciting, he would have this habit of making a giddy grin that highlighted the sparkle in his eye and crowfeet around it. It was without a doubt he had found the pleasure of living in the now.


Since his first decision to sail against the sea, he has gathered quite a following of 5o people – by personal invitation or through social media – who carry the same attitude of life of enjoying music, adventure, and definitely good food. “Life is too short to eat bad food,” he says in determination. As a food person, Simon, has luckily surrounded himself with a number of people who have the right skills (him included) to cook everything from risotto, pasta, and even bake good bread. As people often question the probability of sailing with good food, Simon ensures with his fellow travelers, they make a pit stop to get good vegetables that can  complement their ability to spear good fish.

Sailing at this point was more than a personal pursuit. It became a daring a place of communion. Skimpy Sailing became a website Simon built as a platform to document his wild and passionate discoveries. Other than the fact that sailing in groups accounted for better safety, he strongly believes moments are meant to be shared —  “If you cannot share your experience with someone then what is the point.”


Crossing borders was not only about living lime light of enjoyment. It was also about seeking balance. Simon and his traveling friends ensure they remind themselves to get back to grassroots and immerse in the act of giving. Throughout his travels, rather than providing monetary funds to those in need, he has been hands on in providing supplies to charities and giving a helping hand every now and then.

Simon is a big appreciator of life. The humanitarian part of him always feels at one with a sense of community. As a group, the Skimpy Sailors may travel with their own agenda, but there is one golden rule applied to each one on board: “every single day we would watch the sunset, listen to jazz music, drink cocktails, maybe have a cigar and talk about life, art, and philosophy.”

“If you don’t stop, it passes you by,” confirming his utmost gratitude in life.


Before we part our ways. I was curious with all this daring adventure and seeking his own freedom. What did freedom mean to him?

“One would be time – freedom of time. To have the space in your life to follow your passion and financial freedom to do what you love. Follow the inklings and itching of your soul, whether it is to go to a place or to do something.”

Even though in two years time, after his next sailing adventures, Simon might call quits to try something as new as mountain climbing. Skimpy has always been part of the passion and inspiration he looked for.

As Santiago faced the upheaval and abundant promise of discovery, Simon hopes by attracting people to his own experience he will inspire people to seek the direction that makes their heart sing and follow through.


– Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar and Simon Davis

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Survival Herbal Elixirs Workshop

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Due to the ridiculous amount of times I get sick in a year – from the common cold to the occasional acid reflux – I took a vow last year to stop my dependency on consuming modern medicine. Although, I may still struggle in committing to the idea wholeheartedly, especially if the urgency of sickness requires me to bed rest in a hospital, I have instead sought better possibilities of living a healthier lifestyle.


This includes exercising regularly, consuming more greens and fruits in my diet, and following up on an alternative form of medicine when my body requires a quick tweak. Some may call it new age, or some sort hippie-organic movement nowadays, but in fact Indonesia has for centuries carried the abundant resources taken from leaves, roots, and fruits to form our traditional herbal medicine. We call this Jamu. Last Saturday, I took a chance to learn a thing or two on what constitutes a single cup of Jamu.

This event was hosted by the company Nyonya Meener, established by a woman of the same name, who in the early 1900s started making her own mix of herbal medicine for her sick husband, not long before her peers starting requesting to have some for their own sickness. Today, Nyonya Meener is a household name known for generations for their traditional mix to revive the body.


Below are the ingredients that can be mixed in a cup of Jamu:

Temulawak (Javanese Ginger) | Health Benefit: Improves better digestion, neutralizes toxins, dissolves muscle joint pains, and lowers cholesterol levels.

Kunyit (Turmeric) | Health Benefit: Great to reduce problems of the stomach as acid reflux or digestion issues, also beneficial to improve the skin’s condition either to make it smoother or get rid of allergies.

Jahe (Ginger) | Health Benefit: Leaving a soothing and strong aftertaste, Ginger is good for things related with the common cold and feverish conditions as nausea, headaches, or stomachaches. Ginger keeps the body warm.

Daun Jeruk (Orange Leaves) | Health Benefit: The leaves of the orange fruit also contains vitamin C which becomes a natural antioxidant and can improve the immune system. Great for coughs.


Daun Pandan (Pandan Leaves) | Health Benefit: Used as a treatment for the body and hair. When consumed the leaves creates the sweetness towards the Jamu made. Benefits include making the hair darker or good for muscle aches.

Kayumanis (Cinammon) | Health Benefit: An additional spice added to drinks or food, Cinnamon reduces inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria.

Ketumbar (Corriander) | Health Benefit: These leaves has health benefits which is good for anemia, improves the menstruation cycle, and can also help with diarrhea.

Adas (Fennel) | Health Benefit: Taken from a plant, Adas has an oil which is best used to cure the common cold and also helps in improving sleeping problems.

Secang (Sappanwood) | Health Benefit: A natural and reddish dye, Secang is good for digestion and for better bloodflow.

Polo (Dried Nutmeg) | Health Benefit: Polo helps cure insomnia and helps when one has headaches.

Cabe Jawa (Javanese Chili) | Health Benefit: This rough and dried chili is perfect to deal with feel in of weakness, digestion problems, fever, or acting as an ovary cleanser after one has given birth.


Based on the instructor who taught us that day, we can experiment and choose five kinds of ingredients from the choices above andmash them all together with a pestle and mortar to infuse and release the aroma of each roots or leaves before finally boiling it for a few minutes and pouring it with a filter.

– Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Athina Ibrahim


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Celebrate Jakarta’s 487th Anniversary!


Despite the daily antics we all get carried away with on a daily basis. It is hard to deny that Jakarta is a hidden gem waiting to make its global breakthrough. The increasing number of international peers visiting and planting their feet to the city and the common businesses built by locals who had their fair share of living abroad brings an air of positive hope to the dynamic potential this city has.

To celebrate the 487 anniversary this coming weekend, the Tulisan team as a great appreciator of the city that gave birth to us, provides you a  few list of traditional markets and classic eateries that made Jakarta what it is today.



Pasar Baru: Despite its name meaning “New Market,” Pasar Baru has been one of the oldest witnesses of Jakarta’s development. The narrow-walkway of the market offers everything from vintage wear to the choices of cameras both old and new that you can either buy or fix.

Pasar Mayestik: A favorite go-to market for the Tulisan Team, this market located at South Jakarta sells everything from fabrics, household appliance, clothing accessories, to the choices of Indonesian snacks. We could spend hours looking for strange finds here. 

Pasar Senen: Even though this market surprised us by the accident of catching fire a few months ago. We still are relieved it is around to sell us the more than abundant choices of vintage wear which is a great bargain for our pocket. Imagine seven dresses for the price of Rp. 100.000.

Jalan Surabaya: A favorite place for both tourist and locals to dig into relics of the past. This market sells everything from the antique choices of lamps, clocks, to the many choices of records for those currently into collecting vinyls.

Pasar Asemka: This market is the perfect go-to place if you are looking for all the little necessities of stationeries or even a gift you would like to give a friend. The market sells notebooks, kids toys, inline skates, to bags.



Kopi Tak Kie: Since 1927, Kopi Tak Kie has been a morning and day staple coffee shop for residents who live around the small alleyway of Gang Gloria, at Kota. Bare as it is with the classic red painted font of the name, this humble coffee shop serves the classic ice black coffee or with milk and also an abundant choices of food from fried rice, noodles, to fries around the alley.

Trio Restaurant: Glaring in bright green, this breezy looking restaurant opened since 1947 serves an authentic choice of Chinese food in portions fit to share with friends and family. Known favorably for its fried frog legs and sautéed beef slices, this classic eatery is filled with a group of older men who have probably gone through generations of dining in the warmth of company.

Bubur Kwangtung: Open 24-hours every single day, Bubur Kwangtung has been a go-to place for those looking for a hefty bite in the brink of midnight. Recognized with the prominent framed pictures of famous celebrities of Jakarta, Bubur Kwangtung keeps your night full with its tasty choices of shrimp, chicken, or beef porridge.

Jaya Pub: This pub has been one of the oldest pubs in Jakarta since 1976. Long time customers would often spend their nights drinking while being entertained by the choices of bluesy rock or jazz both local and international. Although for a couple of years now, the regular show “Superbad” have bought in a resurgence of young local talents monthly.

Batavia Café: No place can introduce the history of old Jakarta more than being in the square called Taman Fatahillah where it is surrounded by three museums, Museum Fatahillah, Puppet Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics. The Café right at the epicenter is a place to take in the beauty of Jakarta.

As Melissa Sunjaya, Tulisan’s proud founder always mentions, 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.”

We hope this list will keep you inspired as you discover different parts that made Jakarta what is today.

– Athina Ibrahim
Photography by various sources

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Discovery: BLESS Nature’s Best


Food as we know it has an affect to one’s state of mind and health, thus the popular saying “you are what you eat.” In this extremely fast pace generation we live in, often we focus so much of our energy on daily deadlines and the needs of others, we often find immediate gratifications for our needs and health. The rise of instant food and snacks with high-levels of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) gives our body quick fixes for hunger and a satisfactory illusion of fulfillment which degrades our body to function as it is.


Bless Nature’s Best stems from a believe our abundant resources of greens are the best natural remedies for our bodies. While relatively new, this moms and pops store was established by Gwen Winarno, daughter for renowned Indonesian foodie, Bondan Winarno, an equal food enthusiast, who started her journey on health route from her blog Gwen’s Healthy Kitchen. The humble start-up offers the finest Raw Almond Milk alongside, the deliciously made smoothies combined from the freshest fruits and vegetables, almond and cashew spreads, and quick bites of salads and glutten-free muffin.


While it takes extreme efforts to change our dietary habit, understanding of the cause and effects of what you eat brings longevity for a healthy and peaceful body and mind.


Facts on Raw Almond Milk: Raw almonds are one of nature’s most perfect foods. Not only delicious as milk, but they are also high in fiber and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Packed with vitamin E, they make an excellent source of antioxidants. Naturally alkaline, rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids that can lower bad cholesterol, and loaded with phytonutrients to protect against diseases. (Source: Gwen’s Healthy Kitchen)


Bless Nature’s Best
Jl. Terogong Raya Pondok Indah,
Jakarta, Indonesia

Opening hour
9 am – 7 pm weekdays
9 am – 1 pm weekend and holidays

– Athina Ibrahim

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Inside Tulisan’s Creative Process #6

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Step 6: Silk Screening and Protective Coating


Silk Screening

The very essence of Tulisan’s artwork is accentuated with a classic reproduction art form that has dated way back since 1910, this silk screening technique uses filters where the pores are closed with a photo emulsion switched off by an ultra violet ray. This filter functions as a stencil blocker of the color substance resulting in a color print recording an image created by the emulsion layer.

As big admirers of artisanal crafts dating way back throughout century, the silk screening manual are often printed with uneven layers and registers untidy color prints highlighting the imperfections made by the involvement of hands. This screen printing manual are often presented deliberately in Tulisan’s work of the Original Editions and By MS with Love Edition, giving the illustrations a life of its own. On an advance scale,  particularly for the Tulisan Prints Edition, the silk screening art form is created with a rotary machine which focus on the basic mechanism and greatest level of precision.

Through extensive trial and error and manual dexterity, each Tulisan product ensures to preserve the traditional art form which values the highest artisanal craftsmanship.


Protective Coating 

In our sincerest effort to promote a healthier infrastructure for both ourselves and our environment, all Tulisan soft goods are hand-made using non-bleached (chlorine- free) cotton canvas, eco-friendly water-based inks, non-toxic water-resistant coatings, and certified nickel free components with low impact and energy-efficient fabrication methods. Each components involved in the process ensures zero-waste are left behind, and so our workers working in the production site have a better exposure to materials which are less hazardous to their body. Each bags features a PU-coated poly lining, coating which creates, durable and resistant composite which eliminates brittleness and ensures each artwork is enriched with proper protection.




Read the previous steps below:
Step 1: Preliminary Research and Sketching
Step 2: Writing the Stories
Step 3: Research and Development
Step 4: Prototyping (Print)
Step 5: Prototyping (Design)

– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Discovery: Revitalizing the Past at Jak Art Space


 “The revitalization of  Jakarta since 2014 is a creative agenda. Without nostalgia, we could not return to the past; we “return” to the future, back to the future. We revitalize Space to Time; we change something stagnant to something of movement”Goenawan Mohamad


Jakarta’s Old Town or familiarly known by the inhabitants as Kota Tua has always been a place to gather recollection of Jakarta’s past. The Old Town Area has beared witness of being the remaining district during the Dutch colonial time in the 16th century. Recognitions of history are now gathered at Fatahillah Square in its surrounded choices of Jakarta History Museum, Museum Keramik, Museum Bank Mandiri, and Pos Indonesia.


To date, the compound has already gained masses of local dwellers and tourists seeking for a place to casually spend their afternoon enjoying a bike ride or sipping coffee while overlooking the beautiful architecture view through the favored Café Batavia.


While the past can mesmerize us to stay in, time remains on going, and the once adored buildings of those era have for years faced its slow decay. The revitalization program organized by Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC) and the Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage has gathered the best names in contemporary design and art world in Indonesia to relive the beauty of the place.


Contemporary architect Andra Matin has started by redesigning the Post Office without changing the façade of the building. Instead he has incorporated the rustic feel of the place with a cleaner foundation. Inside the second floor is where the amusement lies. As a way to attract younger and urban locals to the site, the space is transformed into an art gallery consisting of over 40 contemporary pieces of artwork by 47 artists which highlight the theme of Identifying Indonesia.


As Jakarta itself is broad to discover, Indonesia, as a country is much difficult to pinpoint, the diversity of islands and cultures raises questions of identity for its own people.  The exhibition itself aims to give a glimpse of varying interpretation of Indonesian taken from the perspective of these contemporary artists. Mix-mediums were used to highlight the varying themes of colonialism, identity, globalisation, women empowerment, emancipation, to exploitation, memories, or even obsession.


When discussing the term ‘contemporary’ with a friend, she mentioned the term contemporary needs to speak for certain relevancy of time, place, and events. And as stated by Oei Hong Djien, a member of the Jeforah board of advisors, the 47 artworks in the exhibition is created for varying purposes, but the relevancy and theme is to highlight the Fiesta Jakarta Old Town today.


In order for us to move forward, this exhibition invite us to take a step back and peer into the past before we can bridge a newly constructed future by the new generations.


Identifying Indonesia
Until Sept. 24
Jak Art Space
Post Office, 2nd floor
Kota Tua, North Jakarta

– Athina Ibrahim









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Inside Tulisan’s Creative Process #2

blog-coverStep 2: Writing the Stories 

Renowned author Neil Gaiman validates a thought that the process of gathering ideas is a combinatorial process. Meaning, everything made is build on whatever came before us, collecting and gathering pieces of inspiration and experience before being compiled into a new masterpiece. 


This also applies to Melissa Sunjaya’s writing process. At times, her story may be taken from an old Indonesian classical folkstale. But the actual creations are only processed through the archival of experience and stories she has favored since childhood.  


Since all the collection editions have its stories. Melissa would start through simple observation. She often takes two opposing ideas and combines it into the character development. “I would choose a state of mind or emotions. The actual subject, person and or character and would undergo these emotions.” She keeps a notebook with her at all times, and would scribble on the details of people she encounter, the way they strut their walk, the way they uplift their chin, to even the music or eating habits which would be incorporated as the additional flare to the story.  From here on, the process of writing would constantly develop with draft of stories that can extend to four or even seven revisions. After a couple of drafts, Melissa would often spend time to discuss each development with her team for feedback and improvisation. 


The takeaway from all her stories lies in how well she can evoke people’s emotions. Whether it is direct or underlying in pockets of her plots, she ensures her exploration of words remains in the mind and heart of her readers.

It takes more than finding a good idea to make a Tulisan product. Wait for more of our creative process in the weeks to come.

-The Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Inside Tulisan’s Creative Process #1


Step 1: Preliminary Research and Sketching

As big appreciators of the arts and fashion, most of us are often consumed with the beauty a product presents to us without knowing the elementary stages on how a single bag or brand was formed.

At first glance, the bag at Tulisan may seem to be a simple and illustrated projection of our very own talented founder and illustrator, Melissa Sunjaya, but as French Writer Émile Zola explains, “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work,” everything you see today in our store is a product of intense research before we, ourselves, can strut our way through the beauty of the Tulisan hand carried bags.


Preliminary Research

We agree the gift of the artist remains in the head and hands of creative Melissa Sunjaya, but as she confirms, every illustrated elements were delivered firstly through the constant development of a single idea. The initial steps is to capture her thoughts and infuse her emotions into the surrounding elements she finds – her inspiration can be formed by anything from Art Nouveau to old packages of cigarettes. She takes a further step by understanding varying elements in fashion, arts and culture, and observing consumer patterns to finally cross web her instincts into the context of Tulisan’s characteristics. For the “Love Letters of Roro Mendut” collection, the inspiration she took was based on elements revolving around royalty, emblems, and soft colour palettes.



Illustration remains the vital role in the designs of Tulisan’s product. From the selected forecast, Melissa and her team focus on the fashion elements and spends rigorous time in dissecting a proper way to present it visually. By focusing on a certain period highlighting women and royalty, she exhibits a classical Indonesian folks tale, Roro Mendut, emphasizing her sketches on three elements of cloves, chili, and the messenger bird. Here is where the process gets very technical. With the object selected from the research, various techniques of illustration – pointillism, cross-hatching, and vignette – are then explored to get the desired brush of patterns. As the process goes on, the evolution of the pieces comes to play through Melissa’s organic touch, sense of whimsy, and rich tones of both story and colour.


Look forward and be awed by more of Tulisan’s creative process for weeks to come.


The images above are sketches of how the collection “Love Letters of Roro Mendut” was developed. 

– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Good Riddance, You Darn Plastic Bag You!


There are a couple chores in my life that seem to be never ending: laundry and grocery shopping. It seems like every time I think I’m caught up with either task, it’s time to start over.


I love to eat, so grocery shopping can be incredibly fun, knowing that during dinner time, it was well worth the trip to the market. I also am a list making maniac so making my weekly meal plan, writing a list & then checking off the list is so gratifying. The part that is most daunting however is after: unpacking. I feel similarly about unpacking after a great trip; the best part is over and now it’s just work, a massive pile of STUFF to be organized and no more adventure.

My problem with grocery shopping, is finding a way to fit all the food into our tiny little fridge and then figuring out what to do with the massive amount of plastic bags I am left with. I feel so guilty throwing those little bags away, so I used to have a “OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK” cupboard full of them. Like a volcano with an impending eruption, my plastic bag collection was constantly waiting to explode.


Unfortunately, the groceries are not going to walk themselves into the fridge, but in the last few years, I have come up with a way to reduce the amount of plastic bags that I need to find a place for, and to reduce the looming danger in that cupboard. It’s not a new solution to this problem but I still love it: Re-usable Grocery Bags!

Re-usable grocery bags are such a godsend, and though there are times that I just can’t avoid getting plastic (meat, seafood and some produce), coming home with 2 plastics is so much better than 10 every time!

Aside from reducing the amount of plastic bags I have to find a place for, I really feel great about using my bags knowing that in a small way, I am doing something to reduce the amount of waste I am producing, and that will end up in a landfill. While cotton may only take 6 months to 1 year to decompose (Science Learning), liberal estimates for the decomposition plastic bags are around 10-20 years with more conservative estimates at 500 years (New Hampshire Department of Environmental Science).

In addition, with the growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch, our marine life is in great danger because of our waste (Smithsonian Ocean Portal). Obviously, plastic grocery bags aren’t the ONLY waste we find in our oceans but if we all reduce how many bags we use can create a significant impact in preserving our oceans.

Plus, carrying around a pretty, printed Canvas bag is oh, so much more chic, that those noisy, flimsy little things.


Just a word of advice, make sure you take disinfect your bags every now and then to stay germ free. A wipe down with a wet rag and a few drops of tea tree oil will do the trick.

Now, isn’t this so much better?

Back to my laundry,

P.S. If you have any suggestion to make the laundry less painful, my ears are open!

Photography by Urip

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Cute Cubes

WP_CUB1301YCGG_06Holiday Gift Ideas: Tulisan cute cubes come in fresh new colors of Marigold Knit Green Grass and Marigold Knit Yellow Canary and in two sizes – medium (IDR.268,000) and small (IDR.188,000).

These items will be available in a limited quantity starting on Thursday, 19 December, at Tulisan Boutique in Darmawangsa Square City Walk and at Tulisan Pop-Up Store in Plaza Indonesia Level 4. Come by our shops and ask for our one-of-a-kind  gift wrapping service (it’s FREE!).

Call us at +62 (21) 72 78 02 35 or email us for mail order with FREE shipping.

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Tulisan at The Goods Dept. Lotte


As the purveyor of “all things cool”, The Goods Dept has stood against the plethora of international retail by focusing on local and ready-to-wear labels.


While the recent hype for international brands may not recede any time soon, it is a great reassurance to have local visionaries see the potential of what our local talents are capable of.


Since the year 2011, The Goods Dept has made its permanent mark in showcasing the array of local brands – the product of young and upcoming designers with a vernacular approach and international relevancy.


These fresh talents – of brands as Nikicio, Cotton Ink, Amble footwear – were first given platform through the establishment of a small-scale and conceptual bi-annual market named Brightspot Market, before the owner, Leonard Theosabrata with partners of husband and wife-duo Cynthia Wirjono and Chris Kerrigan, as well as Anton Wirjono and Eldalia Wirjono decided to push for a higher retail standard.


With their latest expansion, The Goods Dept has decided to include an array of international brands that were carefully selected on the basis of valuing process and craftsmanship of their brand.


One international brand we saw was Nudie Jeans, extracting the importance of process into their jeans, “At every stage, from the harvesting of the cotton, through to the indigo dyeing and the weaving, down to the sewing, men and women have used their hands to create your jeans.”  Alongside brands as Katsunori Ueda, Yatch21, or even Baggu Bag.


Growing together since its initiation, Tulisan today still stands to support their local vision by being part of their newly opened store in Lotte Shopping Avenue, Ciputra Mall.


As the newly opened store received a pop and bright revamp in comparison to its predecessor stores at Pacific Place and Pondok Indah Mall, Tulisan’s availability makes a perfect blend through its infused pop colors of the latest Fall/Winter 2013-14 Luca and Marigold Knit collection.


Presenting also the re-issue of Originals 2013 of Admiral Kasarung, Roro Mendut, Bawang Putih, together with our previous collections of the Marigold and Celosia patterns.


In hoping these local aspirations receives greater recognition locally and internationally. A desirable visit to The Goods Dept is necessary to preview and applaud the quality of the curated local picks.


While you are at it, grab yourself a little gift from our Tulisan corner, or enjoy Jakarta’s finest rainbow cake by Ibu Alma at their thoughtfully designed Goods Café.

The Goods Dept
Lotte Shopping Avenue
Level 1 Unit 1F #18-19
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5
Karet, Kuningan
Jakarta 12940 Indonesia

– Athina Ibrahim


Photos by Melissa Sunjaya

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Autumn Fibers: Marigold Knit


Marigold Knit Prints Edition, the 2nd Delivery of the Fall | Winter 2013-2014 Collection brings forth a new sensation by combining the sultry texture of woven fiber and cosmopolitan colors from the Art Deco era of the 1960s. Featuring ultra-bright canary yellow and and luscious grassy green, this color and texture combination feels spunky and sexy.

Available at our Boutique in Darmawangsa Square – The City Walk
starting 6 November.

Triple Kisses, Melissa Sunjaya


There are a few significant advancements in product fabrication in the Tulisan Fall | Winter 2013-2014 Collection. Tulisan is proud to announce that our textile works are now produced using a reactive dye printing method on a non-bleached (chemical-free) raw cotton canvas. This change allows us to deliver soft goods with excellent color fastness, and a water-resistant protective PU coating which  is more durable than the previous collections.


Every single Tulisan product is a whimsical luxury. The Marigold Knit prints are based  on the pen & ink illustrations by Melissa Sunjaya, which were created specifically for one of our short fictions ‘Les Papillons de Victor’, written by French writer, Virginie Kasse. Each work is handmade one by one through a very detailed and elaborate process. Tulisan proudly showcases Indonesia’s finest artisanal craftsmanship and portrays a new perspective of our culture.


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Discovery: Pasar Mayestik


We spend our times on our personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones, often letting the whirling pace of information drag minutes to hours of our time away. We seek to nourish our minds, yet as a fly is attracted to lights, we get sucked into the illuminating brightness of the digital world. And we forget. We forget to take notice of what happens if we shut ourselves away from our compelling schedule that lies within the tap of our fingers.


With the grappling modernity of our time, we tend to overlook the finer details found away from our computerized built world – the vastness of our senses tuning itself with people and interactions.


Spending a day at a local market brought me back towards the fleeting feeling I have placed aside, the buzzing excitement of finding myself amongst the locality of a traditional marketplace. Taking in the sense of nostalgia and the rowdiness of honking cars, shouts of the vendors and customers bargaining, and the tempting aromas from the food stalls nearby. All elements which are toned down in a modern settings of shopping arcades.


Although the scorching heat gave my team-members and I a reason to stay indoors, it was the exuberant colors from the objects encountered that gave us a reason to explore. Standing proudly since the 1960s, Mayestik Market or familiarly known as Pasar Mayestik has been a place of trade for generations. Inside it, I could easily find any of my daily needs, everything from textiles, stationaries, fruits to cosmetics was available at proper navigation of the market.


For years, as other great traditional markets, Mayestik has given Jakarta its vibrant identity. A sense of its culture, inhabitants, and rooted tradition found through its Indonesian snacks of Kue Cubit, Kue Apem, Es Doger, and other tantalizing treats.


Contemporary marketplace might still be favored for its convenience and sealed air-conditioned rooms, but nothing can ever beat the feeling of going through patterns over patterns, buttons over buttons, or rummaging over the endless amount of colorful textiles and seeking collectible finds of home display.


Whether I needed what I bought and discovered was later to be evaluated. What I knew was traditional marketplaces led to the imaginative possibilities of piecing together crafts that I probably wouldn’t experience through a digital search engine.

Pasar Mayestik
Jl. Tebah, Kelurahan Gunung,

Kebayoran Baru,

Jakarta Selatan

– Athina Ibrahim



Photos by Shalimma Robbiaswaty

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