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I started designing this Opera Bag in January 2022 as a classic, lightweight work bag. Its top hemispherical shape is inspired by 'stupa'—an essential feature of Java's ancient 'Candi' architecture. After exploring many forms and cutting patterns, I finally found an ideal proportion for my colorful day-to-day life. So far, I must say Opera is the culmination of my joyful bag-making experiments.
First, I named this design 'Opera' because its two-sided outer surface serves as a stage, showcasing the Original Editions (my narrative illustrations). The rounded top with double zippers displays a graceful look while providing a spacious opening for accessing its contents. The large interior compartments and pockets are practical for storing a mobile phone, a laptop (size 11" to 16"), or A4 folders. In addition, it comes with a Bien Strap in Smokey Night (110cm) that can be attached to the loops on the sides or inside the short handles, so you can carry it by hand, over the shoulder, or as a crossbody. By the way, there are two additional loops on the front of the short handles which can be used for attaching a key chain, a bag charm, or an extra pouch. A simple ring carabiner can be useful for hanging those additional small items. The carabiner is available in two sizes and sold separately.
This original pen-and-ink sketch of ‘Roses’ was first inked in 2009. In this edition, there are only 11 roses in the composition, but there are twelve roses in the original drawing. The number twelve plays a significant role in the message. It symbolizes a complete cycle of twelve, such as 12 months in a year, 12 hours, 12 zodiac signs, and many more. There is the number ‘1’ which represents completion, perfection, and independence. Then it is paired with the number ‘2’, which signifies the polarised perspective of any given situation. Together with ‘12’, it means harmony.
Thank you so much for collecting my handmade work of art, Melissa Sunjaya.
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- The interior of the bag uses our signature lining. This lining fabric is a highly durable water-repellent fabric, created using the most advanced technology from recycled PET bottles and post-consumer materials.
- Comes with a dustbag, made from pure cotton textile.
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.
40.5 x 12 x 37.5 cm | 16 x 4.75 x 14.75 in
110 cm | 43.30 in (detachable strap)
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.