Fast fashion clothing today seems to be favorable for some as its versatility and simplicity allows us to choose, mix and match what’s inside our wardrobe way easier. Yet fast fashion clothing has its own weaknesses as well as it gives us the illusion of creating clothes is a simple matter: bring the needles, the threads, sew them, then voilà! A piece of clothing is made.
Although there is nothing wrong in favoring fast fashion clothing collection, we also need to be aware of how handmade clothing can’t be compared to the factory made ones. It’s not the matter of playing favorites, more to appreciating values and processes. Handmade clothing usually takes more time as the crafter would give more attention to the details and would look to their creations as piece of art rather than ‘something to be sold’.
Uluwatu is one of the very few garment manufacturers and retailers in Bali which still prefers quality over quantity for their business. As said on its official site, amidst lace companies who chose to eliminate lace or install electric machines when the fad of lace died as time goes by, Uluwatu chooses to stand still and stay with having few workers who the owner, Made, know well personally.
Not only the long processes done straight by the hands of their workers, the quality of their main material, rayon, is the best one in Indonesia. At a glance, it may seem similar to the fabric we usually see in retail shops in malls. Yet if you look closer, moreover after few washing, Uluwatu collections would stay in its shape when the fabric made by poor quality materials would sag and stretch from its origin shape.
The workers in Uluwatu uses krawang sewing technique to create laces on fabric. It is made on a sewing machine which is generated by the workers’ feet with bamboo hoop to help them weave the threads and creating laces on it. As the technology becomes more sophisticated, this technique is said to be available also in electric machine. The difference is that the electric machine produces extremely even leaf motives whose texture is thin. On the opposite, the handmade one looks slightly different from one to other as the worker needs to rotate the hoops as they sew yet the texture is thicker compared to the electric machine one.
Pricewise, Uluwatu is rather on the middle side of the fashion industry as it is not something of haute couture yet its process and value deserves more than what we usually meet in fast fashion collection. Plus, it is a creation made in Indonesia and has a long history behind it. It is safe to say that when we bring home one of their collection, it’s not only the matter of having something new to our wardrobe, but also an appreciation of the art itself and its value. (mip)
Sumber: Uluwatu Official Site