Friday, September 12, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu Project - Part 2: Bags and KLPac

It's been a crazy few days. Right now it's 10.08 am local time and I am supposed to be at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts FestivalKL Pac with some bags I have made from the batik. I'm not there. Obviously. Yikes! The Batik Sarong Terengganu Project team have been there since 8.30 this morning setting up their booth - Teja Batik Workshop. They will be conducting a batik demonstration and other activities, so come on over if you are free. They will be there today and tomorrow.

It was so hard choosing which ones to cut up first. They look so good just hanging on the walls.

I started with the red polka dot piece that is now a half done bag on the right.

All cut up with interfacing ironed on. Waaaa!


The only bag I managed to get done! At 16.5" X 14.5" it's the largest bag I've made so far and the first with pockets.


See ya at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival, KL Pac!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu Project - Part 1

Last weekend TIMI was invited to join the Batik Sarong Terengganu Project to meet the last few surviving wax resist batik cap makers. I will share with you what we learnt on the trip in the coming posts. But in the meantime enjoy a peek at some gorgeous Batik Sarong Terengganu. 

The toddler happily wrapping herself up in a sample piece.

Our stash! Some of which will be exhibited at the National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur.

The pieces above and below are from Wan Mahadi Wan Ismail's workshop. Wan Mahadi Wan Ismail also happens to be a renowned copper wares maker.

Something more contemporary. Baby blue polka dots!

For more updates on the project please visit:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bulding blocks

Playtime with my brother's 40 year old building blocks and the tween's ten year old train set.  That thing around her wrist is what's left of a toy sphygmomanometer or blood pressure meter from the tween's toy doctor kit. Now that the pump bulb has gone missing she uses it as a watch instead!

The baby doll's a gift from my parents for her 3rd birthday last May. She loves it but it took her a while to get used to the eyes opening and shutting. They creeped her out. Haha!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vintage batik

Some vintage batik I received to work on for the Batik Sarong Terengganu Project. 

I think the one above is newer than the ones below which were acquired from workshops that have ceased operation due to slow business. So sad. 

I especially like the detail on this piece.

Update: After meeting the batik makers in Terengganu we have found out that none of the batik
              above is Batik Sarong Terengganu! Most are from defunct Kelantan workshops.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu

Some exciting news! Timitimitonga has partnered with Batik Sarong Terengganu, a research project aimed at compiling a comprehensive database on the origins and history of the Terengganu Batik. 

 Ever since I started making bags out of batik I have been wanting to know more about the makings of a batik piece and the journey it has made to becoming part of our cultural heritage. So, I was really excited when my friend Erna Dyanty who is the Assistant Researcher of this project invited me to join them. If all goes well we will be going to Terengganu to visit the makers and get an in depth understanding of the designing and printing process of the Terengganu Batik. Hopefully with a little more luck I will get to pitch in my ideas for a Batik line specially made for the limited edition Timitimitonga bags I will be making for the backers. And that could mean you!

With your contribution you will be able to help get this project off the ground and receive Batik Sarong Terengganu Project postcards, original Terengganu batik, limited edition Timitimitonga tote bags made with original batik sarong from Terengganu or a combination of all. You could also just spread the word :) Every little bit helps. Check out the links for more info. 

P/S : The batik in the photo is for scale reference only. It is not an original Batik Sarong Terengganu

Thursday, May 29, 2014


It's been so long since I last painted. I think you can tell from this piece. The bottom half wasn't going quite the way I imagined it, so I grabbed the white acrylic and ... wipeooouut. Sort of. Leaving it as it is. It's done :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recipe #4 - Lemon & rosemary loaf

Lemon and Rosemary Loaf. It sounds so pretty and it tastes really good.

The first time I tried it I used regular butter and it turned out too salty. Yup. Big giveaway to how often I bake - hardly ever :) This time I used unsalted butter of course. I also added chopped up Van Houten cooking chocolate as a little treat for the kids and figured I should reduce the sugar from 1/2 cup to 1/4 + 1 tbspn. Everything else I followed to a T and it worked out perfectly.

For full original recipe go to What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today. Check out all the other mouth watering recipes while you're there.