Iwan Tirta's Short List

Illustration for TIME by Miguel Santamarina

His batik designs come straight from the heart of Javanese tradition, but in other respects Indonesia's most feted fashion maestro, 75-year-old Iwan Tirta, is a modernist — responsible for getting batik into the pages of Vogue and onto international catwalks. A Yale graduate destined for legal practice, Tirta switched career paths in the 1960s after his interest in batik was awakened during a research project. Since that time, he has built up an exclusive fashion and homeware label, and contributed to the preservation and advancement of batik-production techniques. Here are some of his...

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