Batik as a textile is definitely well loved for its unique print. So much so that Uniqlo has released a collection featuring Indonesian batik, a fabric of which was included on the Unesco’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity in 2009.
The Batik Motif collection features traditional patterns rooted in culture, reproduced in partnership with a designer recommended by the Batik Foundation of Indonesia. It includes men’s and women’s shirts, as well as dresses in a light material.
As part of the Uniqlo LifeWear concept of offering everyday clothes for everyone, the garments adhere to a stylish and modern design. This way, they can become the building blocks of each individual’s style.
The Japanese retailer’s batik endeavour is also part of a project whereby a portion of the sales goes to educational assistance for employees working in affiliated Indonesian factories. Named the Uniqlo Factory Worker Empowerment Project, it was first introduced in 2015.
The first programme for sewing factory workers in Bangladesh, the majority of whom are women, spurred education in areas of nutrition, hygiene and health management. It provided those involved with proper knowledge that reportedly improved their health and morale.