According to data from SIPSN KLHK as of 2021, Indonesia produces 2.3 million tons of textile waste, equivalent to 12 percent of household waste. However, of the total textile waste, only 0.3 million tons of textile waste are recycled. So do not be surprised, if at this time the concept of circular fashion began to be introduced to the public in order to minimize waste and pollution from the textile industry. With this background, designer Ulfa Mumtaza innovated to create an Eid outfit with the theme of Canting Tingkering, by utilizing batik cloth waste that was no longer used.
"So the theme this time is Canting Tingkering. Canting is a tool for making batik, and tingkering is fiddling with batik. This started from my love for batik's exaggeration all this time. Because so far I have been more specific to batik fabrics," he said. Ulfa when met by Basra at the 2022 MUFWAY event, Sunday (24/4).
In this design, Ulfa uses plain materials mixed and matched with cloth
For his own batik cloth, he uses various types of batik from Sabang to Merauke.
"More of batik in East Java, such as in Madiun, Magetan, Ngawi, Ponorogo, Pacitan. Solo and Jogja are also available," he said.
Ulfa revealed that there were 8 collections that he brought. Where 7 collections are in the form of two pieces, and 1 collection of one piece.
"There are 8 collections in total. They consist of dresses and outer ones. For the colors themselves, I took neutral colors such as pink, white, and blue. Because this is celebrating Eid, so I chose bright colors," he explained.
Regarding the level of difficulty, Ulfa said that it lies in the details of the batik pieces, and the lines.
"So we arrange this geometrically. We hope that more designers will process their waste fabrics into beautiful works," he concluded.