There’s so much Malaysian heritage in batik but people tend to have a traditional view of its use. it doesn’t only have to be seen as formal wear – batik could be fashionable yet still preserving the heritage value of it. A local clothing brand, Bartek by DCM tries to be more experimental with patterns and techniques in creating Sarawakian batik boxer-briefs.
1. The batik-inspired boxer-brief has gained netizens’ attention with 1,100 retweets and 1,661 likes on Twitter
A guy post a tweet showing the boxer-brief with batik pattern on Twitter to share about the local brand. Most of the people absolutely love the idea and eager to get their hands on it. Some even said they want to buy in bulk because it’s too cute to handle.
2. The founder of Bartek by DCM wants to promote tradition through fashion
Its founder is a born and bred Sarawakian. The idea came when he realised that it was difficult to find boxer briefs with interesting designs, let alone those with local motifs. Shahrulnizam Samawi, a 30-year-old fashion designer decided to create a unique boxer brief with a local touch to promote traditional through fashion. He wants to break the norm of styling batik for formal shirts and dresses only.
3. He tries to celebrate local heritage and retains traditional designs in all its pieces
Some of the motifs are inspired by the Pua Kumbu, a multicoloured ceremonial cloth used by Iban people in Sarawak. Other designs are inspired by the Malay songket and also Pucuk Paku – a pattern that is commonly used in traditional Malay fabrics.
4. Even Conor Mcgregor approved it!
Bartek by DCM did gain some traction overseas including in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong. The founder also shared that they managed to get the attention of internationally renowned athletes. They got some pretty encouraging requests and even Conor McGregor owns one of their collections.
5. Ladies, the brand isn’t only for men. Yes, you can wear it too
If you think the brand is only for men, you’re wrong. Shahrulnizam Samawi hopes that the brand can penetrate both the male and female market. They also have a collection for women – showcasing the same batik motifs. The boxer briefs retail for RM65 each and can be purchased via online and offline.
Bartek by DCM
Address: Lee Ling Heights, Batu 6 1/2,
93250 Kuching, Sarawak.
Opening Hours: 9AM-5PM (Daily)