Melati's Collection from Indonesia

Artisan Melati's Collection

"I come from a village where people preserve their traditional culture. Art has always been a part of my family, as my mother is a dancer. When I was little, I learned to dance. As I grew older, I started a new career as a painting model in 1995, and the next year I played a part in a television mini series.

"Working as a model, dancer and actress has enabled me to travel to a number of countries. One day I met Georg Erhart, from Austria, who had been living in Bali for several years and his appreciation of, and respect for, Balinese art and culture made me fall in love with him, and marry him.

"I became even more fascinated with batik ever since I traveled around Indonesia and realized that it is appreciated throughout the world. Batik has a divine beauty evoked by its design, with a deep idealistic worth from the merging of Hindu-Javanese and Chinese cultures.

"I try to make something special and different from batik textiles. Along with Georg, I select the finest silk batik of Indonesia to create fashionable gift items. In my spare time, I also love to design jewelry.

"I really enjoy my life as a model, dancer, actress, wife, and mother of a beautiful daughter named Ni Luh Maha Chandani."

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