Adapting Your Wardrobe to Work from Home

Adapting Your Wardrobe to Work from Home

Because of the extraordinary circumstances of the past almost-two years, working from home continues to be the new normal for most of us. The idea of staying home has become both comforting yet monotonous, and this reflects itself in our wardrobes too – having historically been segregated according to clothes for home versus ‘going out’, we often have to alternate between pyjamas and work clothes (for the virtual meeting) to suit our online social setting, which can be cumbersome and frustrating. The extended amount of time we spend at home has made it increasingly important that we are comfortable and confident for the sake of our physical and mental well-being, and looking at our closets is a great place to start. With the ultimate goal of having adaptable outfits that are cosy enough to wear at home, yet classy enough to be appropriate for a meeting, read more to see some suggestions on how you can incorporate loungewear into your wardrobe to get the best of both worlds. Versatility is key When it comes to thinking about the ideal work-from-home outfit, its properties need to complement what you do aside from working as well, like cooking, cleaning, resting, and even running errands. It also needs to be comfortable enough for a whole day’s worth of sitting down/standing up to do these activities. With that in mind, a knee-length dress is well-suited for this – especially one made of Batik. Some come with flip sleeves too, so that you can switch up your look! Designed to work simultaneously as an item of loungewear and for formal dress, with its hand-stamped Batik print, the dress is effortlessly elegant and unique, and you’ll be ready to face the day and stun in any Zoom meeting. Look extra professional when you need to For meetings that require that extra bit of professionalism, you can pair any formal dress shirt with this free-size skirt, which is made from either Batik or Japanese fabric, with an elastic waistband for maximal comfort. This skirt promises incredible comfort and breathability. Its minimalist style is modest yet classy and will look fashionable whether paired with a T-shirt or a button-up. This interchangeability means that you can easily switch out tops according to whatever setting is required – perfect for the dynamism of any day. Take care of your feet, too From hampering blood flow to causing stress on our bones, both modern medicine and traditional Chinese beliefs underline the repercussions that walking barefoot on tiled, marble, or hardwood floors bear on your health. That’s why house slippers have become so popular. They reduce the swelling and soreness you can get by the end of the day after walking around the house all day, and a pair of high-quality slippers can benefit your foot health too by protecting your arch and minimising pressure on your soles. These non-slip and machine-washable Batik slippers have a linen and cotton insole that can be worn indoors and outdoors. They fit to the shape of your feet, and will definitely help you feel much better at the end of the day. It is so important that we look after ourselves, even when we work from the comforts of our home, to avoid spiraling into a state where we aren’t looking after ourselves and our appearance. By consistently dressing elegantly yet comfortably, it will help us to maintain good levels of productivity on a daily basis and adapt better to the ever-changing circumstances. If you’d like to see the variety of daywear items we have available, do check out Anmako’s batik shop online or in-person store! Written by Jillian Ng    
Everything You Need to Know about Batik Clothing in Singapore

Everything You Need to Know about Batik Clothing in Singapore

Batik is well-loved by many in Singapore and in various ways. As traditional pieces that reflect culture, batik clothing is often worn to celebrations and ceremonies; in recent years, many have also started donning vibrant, modern batik as casual wear on the streets, or a laid-back fit for a day at the beach. As such, batik shops in Singapore have designed batik prints for maxi dresses, men’s shirts, and even swimwear. There is so much to love about this unique clothing, which is why we share everything you need to know about batik styles on our sunny island! More than clothing: Batik as art Batik is the method of using wax and wax-resistant dyes to design cloth. The name is Javanese in origin, derived from the word amba, which means ‘to write’, and titik, meaning ‘dot’. To create batik, an artisan uses wax to write or dot patterns on the fabric, before dipping it into a dye to colour the surrounding cloth. After being dyed with a single colour, the cloth is often submerged in boiling water to melt the wax, then a new pattern of wax is created followed by the dyeing of the fabric in another colour, and so on. The process is repeated with every pattern and colour layered onto the cloth, resulting, finally, in a beautiful and complex batik design. Today, batik is being embraced by many countries worldwide, including Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, and Sri Lanka. But, the country that has the longest batik history and tradition is none other than Indonesia. Indonesia batik patterns are designed by artisans who are skilled in their workmanship, technique, and designing of prints. These highly skilled artisans are often inspired by the rich and diverse cultures of the country. In fact, Indonesian batik was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2009 and is recognised by UNESCO as a historical fabric of human civilisation. As such, batik shops in Singapore like ours continue to work with family-owned workshops in Java, Indonesia to design original patterns and create batik clothing of superior quality for our customers. Peek into the making of batik clothing The batik fabric is first chosen and prepared before starting the waxing and dyeing process. Natural materials like silk, cotton, and linen are used for batik as they can easily absorb the wax that is applied to them. Silk is often chosen for a more luxurious look; batik silk is used to express a style that is professional and classy, whereas cotton or linen fabrics are often chosen by batik shops in Singapore to create a beach or batik streetwear. After picking the desired fabric, it is boiled multiple times to remove traces of starch, chalk, lime, or any other substance that would resist the dye later on in the process. When the cloth has been prepared, the artisan proceeds to use charcoal or graphite to outline the pattern onto the fabric. Most of the time, stencils are used to help the artisan trace the patterns on the cloth. Otherwise, the cloth is placed onto a clear glass tabletop that is illuminated from below, casting a shadow of a pattern as a guide.   The next step in the making of batik clothing is the drawing or stamping of wax to form patterns on the cloth. Different batik-making methods use different tools such as canting, a small copper vessel with a narrow sprout, and the cap, which is a stamp made also from copper, are used to hold and apply the wax onto the cloth. "Batik cap" is a method for creating batik patterns using copper stamps. These motifs will be carved onto copper plates, which will then be used to stamp liquid wax on the fabrics. Through the “batik cap method”, designs are applied in wax with cap stamps. These days, people prefer this method as the cap serves as a stamp that speeds up the entire patterning process. The “batik tulis” on the other hand, is a more traditional technique of batik-making. During this process, artisans use canting like a pen or brush to draw the wax patterns. The wax is commonly made out of a mixture of beeswax, for its softness and malleability, and paraffin as it attaches adhesively to cloth. Often, perfected wax recipes are kept as trade secrets because the quality of wax can make a significant difference to how the batik turns out. Cheaper wax is also used to cover larger areas of cloth, whilst better quality wax is used to trace the intricate patterns on the fabric. After the wax is applied, the cloth is put in a dye that only colours the surrounding fabric but not the areas covered by the wax. Traditional batik clothing uses two layers of dyes: the first is a blue dye made from the leaves of the Indigo plants, and the second is brown soga dye. To achieve a darker shade of blue, the cloth is left in the dye for a longer time, whereas removing the cloth after a short period would produce lighter tones. Soga dye is mixed so that colours range from light yellow, dark brown, to deep red. Again, lighter or darker tones are achieved through soaking the cloth for varying amounts of time. As such, even with only two types of dyes, traditional batik hues are unique from clothing to clothing. On the other hand, modern batik clothing uses more vibrant colours ranging from pastel pink and purples, bright yellows and greens, to deeper blues and reds. Batik shops in Singapore today often retail either modern batik clothing, or a mix of traditional and modern batik. Besides bright and cheerful colours, modern batik clothing is also characterised by contemporary motifs such as plants, birds, rain, stones, flowers, and so on - straying from traditional batik motifs like Kawung, which is the pattern of a stylised four-lobed flower, and Parang, dagger-like patterns running parallel with one another. Our batik sleeveless maxi dress featured left is an example of modern batik clothing. It brings together tan, black, and ivory in a gentle floral pattern to reflect the beauty of our garden city. Easing into batik style: How to wear batik clothing? Since batik clothing has a unique flair and beauty, people who have never worn batik before sometimes feel unsure about whether they can pull off the style. As batik in Singapore today is also often associated with the beach or relaxing outdoors, it can be tricky to find the right pieces to flaunt a more formal or smart-casual fit for going to the movies or hanging out in town. We’ve got some tricks up our (batik shirt) sleeves, so let us share our tips on how to flaunt your most confident style with batik clothing in Singapore! Research for inspiration Search batik blogs, style catalogues, and Pinterest boards to get inspired by a plethora of styles. Aside from traditional sarong wraps, kebayas, and batik shirts for men, batik styles also include modern designs with bright colours and new types of patterned details. Some may even choose to layer either traditional or modern batik pieces with other types of clothing. For instance, a long batik skirt could be paired with a denim jacket or cropped silk top for a more sophisticated style. You may not necessarily have to follow the styles you see online all the time. Instead, you can choose to draw inspiration from many types of batik clothing available in Singapore, and explore the various ways of wearing them. 2. Start small Instead of donning batik from head to toe, you can start with a single piece of batik clothing or accessory to explore your style and build confidence. Batik scrunchies or headbands, for instance, are a great way to ease yourself into wearing batik - the fabrics on these accessories are detailed with intricate patterns and they can be paired with jeans, skirts, or any other clothing for casual style. Batik skirts are also another easy piece to start with - girls can match this item with a fitting cropped top, one-shoulder top, or cami top for a day out at the mall with friends.   3. Explore batik on casual occasions Relaxed styles are easier to achieve, so why not throw on some beautiful batik clothing for your casual occasions? Whether lounging at a friend’s house, going to the beach, or having a picnic at the park, batik pieces are the perfect way to bring about an easy-going summer vibe. Ladies can go with breezy batik dresses in bright, cheerful colours, whilst men can don batik shorts with a solid coloured or graphic t-shirt for a laid-back style. Altogether, find occasions that make it easy for you to pull off a casual outfit so that you can have fun styling batik any way you love.   Turning up your style: Introducing the batik catalogue Being familiar with the selection of batik clothing that is available in Singapore will help you make the most out of the designs and fully express your style. To get you started, we introduce the best types of batik clothing for you to choose from: #1 Batik sleeveless maxi dress Falling to just above the ankles in an A-line silhouette, batik sleeveless maxi dresses create a gentle outline that complements almost any body shape or type. Because of its length, batik maxi dresses are the ideal fit for more formal occasions like a dinner gathering or party - especially when it is created with luxurious fabrics such as silk or viscose. Viscose is a type of rayon fabric that imitates the properties of silk, thus creating an expensive or sophisticated feel. Our Elegant Viscose Maxi Dress is fitted in the chest and flares out from a high waist; it is a piece of batik clothing that is suitable for special occasions.   #2 Batik sleeveless knee-length dress Like batik maxi dresses, batik knee-length dresses have a gentle waistline and flare slightly to create a subtle A-line silhouette. The main difference is that batik knee-length dresses are shorter, and thus create a more relaxed style suitable for casual or smart-casual occasions. For smarter events such as dinner dates or hotel brunches, knee-length batik dresses with V-shaped or boat necklines can be paired with a simple accessory to elevate your style. On the other hand, sleeveless batik dresses make a wonderful fit for breezier occasions like a lunch date at a cafe.  #3 Batik short-sleeved knee-length dress Batik short-sleeved dresses are also a sophisticated choice for those who prefer a more covered look. Various types and lengths of sleeves can help you to pull off a distinctive style. For instance, cap sleeves cover just the shoulders in a diagonal cutting, thus making it a flattering fit for most women. Our batik dresses feature cap sleeves that are slightly longer, covering beyond the shoulders to complement most body shapes whilst pulling off a clean, modern vibe.   Three-quarter sleeves end just below the elbow and are an ideal cutting for dresses that are not tight or form-fitting. They balance out the overall outline of the dress and provide a flattering shape for most women. These sleeves are also known to bring out the length of your arms and make them look slimmer. #4 Batik long-sleeved blouse Batik long-sleeved blouses can be worn just like any regular blouse - with jeans, sailor pants, wide-legged pants, pencil skirts, shorts and so on. The exquisite hand-stamped or hand-drawn patterns on the blouse are what transform a regular blouse into a stunning batik design. Our batik long-sleeved blouses are designed either as a singular piece or with buttons running down the front for a more detailed look. Sleeves end at the wrist, where they are gathered with an elastic.      #5 Batik skirt Batik skirts are the go-to item for first-time wearers of batik clothing because they can be easily paired with a modern top and layered with outerwear for a clean, contemporary style. Simply pair the batik skirt with a fitted cropped top, off-shoulder top, cold shoulder top, cami top, tube top, wrap top - or any other piece that fits snugly, to contrast with the loose folds of a batik skirt. For a chic but conservative look, you can match the skirt with a more form-fitting blouse or long-sleeved shirt. With so many colours and patterns to choose from, there are endless ways for you to style your batik skirts for any occasion in Singapore. #5 Batik two-piece outfits If you’re worried about getting different batik pieces to match, consider two-piece outfits in which the top and bottom pieces are designed with the same batik patterns, for a complete fit. That’s one way that you can put two pieces of batik clothing together - by pairing the same patterns. Otherwise, you can feel free to mix and match your two-piece batik outfit by paying attention to the various patterns as well as colours.   Putting pattern on pattern can make a chic statement rather than a fashion disaster if you do so the right way. A handy tip? Keep colours similar when you switch up the patterns. For instance, choose a top and bottom that use shades of blue or similar hues like purples and pinks, whilst picking patterns that are different. You can also work with different-sized patterns for more significant contrast in your outfit. One example would be using large-scale patterns for one piece and smaller, more intricate details for another.  Instead of pairing batik and batik together, go for a modern style by wearing one piece of batik clothing (either the top or bottom) with a solid piece. Our women’s batik shorts can go well with a solid tee or single-coloured blouse. Or, don our women’s batik top with a pair of skinny jeans for a chic and stylish look. #6 Men’s batik shirt Batik styles are as popular with and fashionable for men as they are for women. Men’s batik shirts can be worn for both casual or smart-casual occasions - be it on a beach holiday, or as city-street wear in Singapore. Pair these batik shirts with beach shorts and you're all ready for a chill day at the beach, or with Bermuda shorts for a casual stroll around town.   Style it up a notch with long-sleeved shirts for ceremonious occasions and celebrations; our shirts are designed to be slimmer than traditional batik shirts, so the slim-fit cutting gives a younger and more sophisticated look. Men’s long-sleeved batik shirts are fitting formal wear outside of the office, so why not enjoy browsing our store’s selection for unique patterned looks for all your special dates?   #7 Men’s batik shorts Men’s batik shorts are designed for comfortable wear at home, the beach, or in the city. For a relaxed fit to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea, pair these shorts with a single-colour or graphic t-shirt. Batik shorts are also often designed with vibrant colours for a cheerful, casual style - perfect for adding a splash of colour to even to the plainest outfits. A plain white t-shirt would also pair well with colourful batik shorts, at the same time, keeping your outfit interesting and unique.   To dress up for the town, you could wear a plain oversized t-shirt or men’s shirt, and complete your look with accessories such as a watch, men’s bracelet or necklace. Throw on a pair of comfortable sneakers or trendy slides, and you’ll be ready for a dashing day out. Switch Up Your Outfit With Batik Clothing In Singapore All in all, there’s no better way to wear a unique style than by incorporating batik clothing with intricate motifs into your wardrobe. With Anmako’s wide range of versatile styles, finding the right outfit for any occasion will be a breeze. Don’t be afraid to explore different styles by mixing and matching and complementing your partner’s outfit. After all, the best part about playing dress-up is getting to experiment with different fashion pieces that let you express your most authentic self - so, just have fun with it!   Anmako is a batik clothing shop in Singapore that retails both traditional and modern batik pieces, ranging from maxi dresses, skirts, to men’s shirts. Shop our original selection of batik clothing online today!        
Styling Your Batik Clothing

Styling Your Batik Clothing

Living in a country brimming with culture, we’re fortunate to have our sarees, batik, and cheongsam shops in Singapore to be proud of. Batik prints are full of history and they are mostly found on our traditional sarongs, cheongsams, and kebayas. But today, batik shops in Singapore have embraced fusing those classic motifs with modern styles of clothing to give it a fresh new look. With their elegant designs and modern cuts, these batik pieces can be easily worn by anyone, at any time. We’ve rounded up five new styles to inspire your next batik clothing:   Picnic day out So, what can one do if they wish to carve out time for joy with their loved ones during this period while also adhering to social-distance measures to combat the spread of COVID-19? Picnics are a terrific method to accomplish precisely that, as simple as they sound. Nothing screams “picnic chic” quite like the sleeveless batik tops from Anmako. The batik prints make it easy to match with any plain bottom or if you’d like, go ahead and pair it with matching shorts! Complete your look with a statement necklace and you’re all set. 2. Barbeque gathering When it comes to barbeque gatherings, it’s so much simpler to decide on an outfit unlike dining with friends at a restaurant. It’s always a good idea to keep your outfit comfortable and laidback for barbeque get-togethers. Anmako’s range of airy sleeveless knee-length dresses is great for a humid barbeque session. The structure of this sleeveless knee-length batik dress will accentuate your curves gently and the V-shape neckline exudes a clean, yet modest look - letting you stay comfortable while looking elegant. 3. On a cruise The closest thing we can get to traveling these days is going on a cruise to nowhere. Cruising lets you unwind by the pool, sightsee and shop in numerous ports, participate in exhilarating excursions, and sink your teeth into delectable cuisines. Between daytime activities, lazy afternoons by the pool, and semi-formal dinners, cruises require a few wardrobe changes throughout the day. So you may want to pack light by bringing essential pieces of clothing that you can repeatedly wear throughout your sea vacation. A staple that you can add to your wardrobe is a batik sleeveless maxi dress from Anmako. The authentic hand-dyed batik prints on this flowy dress are everything you need to look at the part on deck at sea. If you’re planning a cruise holiday with your partner, match his outfit with yours with the batik men’s shorts! Not only are they comfortable to move around in, but they make a fashion statement as well.   4. Cocktail party When it comes to a cocktail party reception, take things up a notch and keep it traditional. Instead of donning a conventional cocktail dress, try opting for a knee-length batik dress instead. The hand-stamped batik motifs give off a sophisticated and classy look. f you’re headed to a wedding reception, finishing this outfit off with a pair of stilettos will do the trick. Planning on bringing a plus one? Match your outfits with a batik shirt for him. Anmako’s long-sleeved batik shirt is slim-fit and is not as boxy as a traditional batik shirt making it perfect for casual wear too. Anmako has a wide range of matching batik dresses for you and batik shirts for your man as well, so you can both be dressed to the nines together. Alternatively, you can switch things up by complementing each other’s outfits with similar batik patterns or colours if you’re not into wearing the exact same batik prints.   5. Office Now that most of us are working from home, we don’t really have the opportunity to dress up for work. So the next time you have a chance to attend a physical meeting with your clients, don’t miss out on the opportunity to show up in a classic batik blouse! The modern cut of this beautiful long-sleeved blouse can double up as an outfit for you to lounge at home and attend formal meetings in the office as well!   Another way you can style your workwear is by pairing our flowy batik skirt with a simple shirt for a classy look. Our range of batik skirts comes with elastic waistbands that hug your curves in a flattering way. Keep your eyes peeled on our socials to stay updated with our latest launch as we will be coming up with more beautiful batik outfits that are apt for office wear. Look forward to more of our custom-made batik motifs being incorporated into classic modern fashion pieces. Batik Clothing in Singapore Batik prints will never go out of style. When it comes to fashion and styling, sometimes keeping it traditional gives your outfit a fresh new look. Whether you’re going for a picnic, cocktail party, or simply attending a client meeting, Anmako has a wide range of batik clothing items to choose from. Our batik prints are inspired by the Singapore lifestyle. Take your pick and browse through our online collection of batik clothing today!  
Why Batik Clothes Are The Best Gift For Your Dad This Father's Day

Why Batik Clothes Are The Best Gift For Your Dad This Father's Day

With Father’s Day drawing near, many of us will be seeking the perfect gift to commemorate the father figures in our lives. Be it your dad, uncle, or grandfather, these men have made big contributions to our lives, treating us with love despite all the challenges they undoubtedly face. It is therefore important for us to honour everything they’ve done for us this Father’s Day and there are many ways to do this – from handwritten cards to flowers, any sincere gesture will show our gratitude.   If you’re looking for a gift that is both meaningful and personalised, Batik clothing items fit the bill. Batik clothes are handmade in Indonesia, making them a one-of-a-kind gift with unique, artisanally crafted designs. Versatile and comfortable, they are ideal for casual wear or to style up.   With that in mind, here are some gift ideas this Father’s Day, based on what might suit him best!   To wear any time and every day For comfort, fashion, or flexibility, a short-sleeved Batik shirt checks all the boxes. The intricacies of the Batik design make it a staple statement wardrobe item. With a range of designs available, you can even choose a pattern based on his personality or preferences to make the gift extra symbolic and special! Made of high-quality Batik, the shirt is exceedingly comfortable yet chic. Its short sleeves are perfect for Singapore’s weather, so he can wear it at work or at home. Its multifunctionality for any occasion means that he can wear it at any time, and everywhere – and every time he sees it or puts it on, he will be reminded of the sincerity and thought that went into this Father’s Day gift.   To work hard and look good Our dads have made several sacrifices to enrich our lives, working hard and caring for us. It’s important to remember that they deserve to look and feel good too. A dashing item of clothing like a long-sleeved Batik shirt can easily boost their confidence.       The long-sleeved Batik shirt is flattering on any body type, plus its breathable design means that it’s aesthetically and structurally appropriate to wear on a day-to-day basis as well. Coming in a range of designs, you have the freedom of choosing a pattern and adding a personal touch to the gift.   Here are 3 suggestions on how one might style a long-sleeved Batik shirt, so you can decide which one your dad would appreciate (or need!) most: Paired with long pants and dressed shoes: a sophisticated look that is fitting for formal events, meetings, or the office. With sneakers: a chic outfit that is versatile and youthful, superb for a meal out. With shorts or Bermudas: an everyday look that suits casual or comfortable settings.   With a gift like this, not only will your hardworking dad look like a king, he will also feel confident and loved, just as he should.   To have fun Of course, our dads need to relax and enjoy themselves too. If you’re looking for something that blends fun, comfort, and individuality, then Batik shorts are what you need!         Batik shorts come in a myriad of colours and patterns, collectively exuding diversity and vitality. Its airy and playful design make it extremely comfortable for everyday wear, be it at the beach, working from home, as loungewear, or on a casual basis. Because of the high-quality material, Batik shorts look good regardless of whether they are paired with a T-shirt or styled up with a dress shirt. Batik shorts perfectly reflect the dynamism of a father’s role in our lives, and how they are there for us, rain or shine. This gift will help you be there with him every step of the way. What better way is there for your dad to embrace his fun-loving spirit and enjoy life?   Aside from gifts this Father’s Day, don’t forget to let your father figures know how much they are loved and valued by thanking them for everything that they’ve done. If you are looking for some Batik clothing items as a gift to thank your dad on Father's Day, you can visit Anmako to browse our Batik Collections!   We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Father’s Day!   Written by Jillian Ng  

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