Originals Traditionalist Purse

Rp 1.398.000


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During the Java War, thousands of dead women warrior bodies, complete with their cavalry uniforms and heavy artilleries, were found on the battlefields. With an illustration of a Javanese mother and daughter training for archery, Melissa designed this Traditionalist Purse to commemorate the noble female warriors heroic participation in the war that almost bankrupted the Dutch colonial power. On the other side of this Traditionalist Purse is Melissas rendition of Parang batik, symbolising Javas ancient spirit of war and perseverance. Wear it as a hand carry or crossbody with our Bien Strap. The Bien Straps are sold separately in different lengths and colours.

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  • The interior of the bag uses a highly durable water-repellent fabric.

Hand-printed serigraphy textiles on unbleached (chlorine-free) cotton canvas, using eco-friendly water-based inks. For the handbags and accessories category, unless otherwise noted, each textile is protected with water-resistant Poly-Urethane coatings. Our hand-made production is certified by the Bluesign® system. This certification is a strict screening, designed to monitor the responsible use of resources, clean work processes, wastewater management, healthy air ventilation, and safety procedures for the workers as well as a safe final product for the consumer.

39 x 2 x 36.5 cm
15.35 x 0.78 x 14.37 in

0.3 kg

Due to our hand-made serigraphy process, every printing on each product is unique and varied from one to another. It is impossible to choose the printing of each product to be exactly the same on the showcased photos on our site or social media. These photos are for visual references of the products’ shapes only. The colours and alignments will never be the same from one print to another due to this manual labour.