Hexagon: Artisan-Made Recycled Jewelry

One of the brands that pay attention to the global issue is Hexagon, owned by Indonesian fashion designer, Zara Tentriabeng.  Photo Courtesy of Photos Zara Tentriabeng/NOWJAKARTA In celebration of the growing use of recycled and up-cycled materials in sustainable fashion items, Hexagon provides beautiful wearable pieces accessories with thoughtful designs using discarded materials. Sustainable fashion is

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Kemala Home Living: A Green Alternative in Home Decorating

Introducing Kemala Home Living, a functional, stylish, sustainably-sourced home décor that offers timeless designs. Photos Courtesy of Kemala Home Living/NOWJAKARTA Among many locally inspired home décor and products that give back to the artisans and communities, Kemala Home Living offers something unique. Decorating the home is frustrating enough without taking the environment into account, and most eco-friendly décor

Rebrew: Giving New Life to Used Coffee Grounds

The growth of cafes and a coffee-drinking culture have seen an increase in the demand for coffee nationwide. Coffee lovers have found a niche in the many coffee shops that have sprung up, both small and local brands to the larger international franchises. One coffee-lover has found a way to recycle used grounds into skin

Asiatica Furniture: The Allure of Wood

Asiatica Furniture offers timeless solid wooden products, which are not only pleasing to the eye, but can also be handed down from generation to generation. Since its inception, Asiatica Furniture aims to be a brand that is synonymous with quality. Asiatica makes furniture that offers a taste of Indonesian design, but with a modern twist;

Jacquelink: Custom-made Crystal-Decorated Items

Looking for bespoke gifts? Check out Jacquelink, a Swarovski crystal accessories specialist, which creates special items based on the one’s taste, simple or glitzy. Whether it is a lavish anniversary present for a sweetheart or a  lovely gift for a bridesmaid, personalised items will surely make the recipient feel special. Jacquelink is famed for its beautiful clutches

G&B: For the Love of Batik and Music

In the crowded guitar market, G&B’s beautiful, handmade goods stand out from the others for their uniqueness. G&B is famous for its electric and bass guitars, which are adorned with batik patterns. Those batik motifs are painstakingly created by using the age-old, time-consuming process that is used in making traditional hand-drawn batik tulis textiles, which

Topiku: Converting Discarded Items into Unique Hats

Christmas is around the corner. Those who want to shop for a good cause, check out topiku.co, a social enterprise which offers cool hats – one would never guess that the handmade products are made entirely from up-cycled and recycled items.  Photos courtesy of Topiku The founding of Topiku (“my hat” in Indonesian) stems from

Meraki Sisterhood on a Mission to Promote Handicrafts

Meraki is a Greek word that means to do something with soul, creativity or love, leaving something of yourself in what you are doing. The three Jakarta craftswomen, Lita Jonathans, Wiwik Winarni, and Wien Wardana, chose the name Meraki Sisterhood for themselves, because it expresses the heart of their mission: to generate public interest in

Kaminari, Premium Handcrafted Scented Botanical Candle

February is here and romance is in the air. For many people – though not every one would agree – the warm glow and pleasant smell produced by scented candles set the mood for romance.  Photo courtesy of Kaminari/NOW!JAKARTA In the rather crowded market of Indonesian perfumed candles, which is filled by imported and locally-made

Latest Kayou Furniture is Adapted by Indonesia Ramayana Love Story

Indonesian furniture brand Kayou has launched its ‘Lereh Series’ by adapting the Ramayana in its design. Since its establishment in 2015, five young architects plan to introduce Indonesian furniture to the world. They recently featured the collection in New York. Kayou latest furniture collection "Lereh Series" are inspired by Ramayana love story, Rama and Sita.

Anymo Essential, The World’s Thinnest Guitar

In the crowded guitar market, Anymo Essential ultra thin guitars (only 8 mm)  which have received a warm response at South by Southwest 2017 in the U.S., Salone del Mobile 2017 in Italy and Marche international du disque et de l’edition musicale 2018 in France— stand out for their unique features. Anymo Essential’s founder Raka

Kandura: Shaping the Modern Kenduri

In 2005, three recent graduates of Bandung’s Institute of Technology Arts and Design Faculty started a venture which they called Kandura. Tisa Granicia and Bathsebha Satyaalangghya (Ghia) both majored in Ceramic Arts, while Fauzy Prasetya majored in Product Design. A few years later, they added Nuri Fatimah, who has a Textile Crafts background, as a

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