In this edition of Hello Honey, we chat with the amazing twins Rizki and Rizka Triana on how they work together in preserving the heritage of Indonesia through their clothing line Oemah Etnik.
Indonesia’s most prominent heroine, R.A. Kartini, did an amazing job of proving that women have the power to make a change for themselves and society. Look around, from business owners to fitness gurus, how wonderful it is that we now have many inspiring wonder women wearing many different hats. In celebration of Hari Kartini, this time around we chat with two young modern Kartinis, twin sisters Rizki and Rizka Triana on how they participate in preserving Indonesian heritage through Oemah Etnik. Happy Kartini Day, Indonesia!
Hi, Rizki and Rizka! Thanks for doing this with us. First things, first: what does Hari Kartini mean to you?
RI: Hari Kartini reminds me of how Indonesian women should be independent, have a strong mind, and empower each other.
RA: Hari Kartini means celebrating women empowerment; to always remind that we have to believe in our dream.
What was the inspiration for starting Oemah Etnik? How did your love for traditional textiles start?
RI: It all started in 2012, when I learned more about batik during classes when I joined Putra Putri Batik Nusantara. I saw how hard it was to create a piece of batik, and have had a high respect for it ever since. As a young generation, I think it’s our duty to keep this tradition alive. So, I decided to keep promoting those traditional fabrics in a modern way. I used fashion film and photo campaigns as a tool to educate the younger generation on the long process behind every piece of traditional fabric. Then, Rizka joined in 2015 to support the business.
We love how you incorporate traditional textiles into wearable everyday wear. Where do you get your inspirations for your designs?
RI: Wow, it can be from anything. For example, we create a batik pattern called Chakra that means “Roda” in Bahasa. It symbolizes the circle of life that everyone must have been through. So it can be really random.
You are both sisters! What is the best part about working together?
RI: We know each other’s strengths and the weaknesses, which means that we can share everything and understand each other’s perspective.
RA: The best part is we have 24 hours to share. We can share anything about the business, personal stuff, anything! Also we have a really strong connection that makes us stronger as owners.
What has been Oemah Etnik’s most exciting achievement so far?
RI & RA: We collaborated with the Djarum Foundation and Attack Batik Cleaner to create an online advertisement and megatron advertisement about our story and the process behind our batik patterns. We also held our own fashion show at Grand Indonesia to share the result of all these creations.
What are you passionate about besides your work?
RI: I love the creative process behind every piece of clothing, as every series has its own story.
RA: I like meeting new people and sharing thoughts with each other.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
RA: The best advice we have ever received is when people said that we were already on the right track and if we keep our focus, we will make a big impact to all the local craftsmen and preserving heritage in Indonesia.
If you had a chance to talk to the younger you, what advice would you tell them?
RI: I know this sounds very clichéd, but dreams really do come true if you work hard for it.
Dream celebrity / fashion influencer you’d love to dress?
RI: Hmmm, I think it’s Kiko Mizuhara for me.
RA: Alexa Chung!
What’s next for the brand?
RI & RA: We’re working on a bigger video campaign project that not only shows how the traditional fabrics are made, but also promotes a wonderful destinations in Indonesia. We’re collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism and also a local airlines company on this.
Quick Fire Round:
Favourite batik region you love and why:
RI: I love the classics. So it’s Parang from Jogjakarta for me.
RA: Dayak pattern from Kalimantan, because I was born there.
Female local hero you admire the most:
RI: R.A Kartini, of course
RA: Christine Hakim (the legendary Indonesian actress), as a modern Kartini.
Favourite local brand/designer:
RI: I adore Chitra Subiyakto from Sejauh Mata Memandang, Didiet Maulana, and Toton.
RA: Rinaldy Ayunardi.