A scenic 45 minute drive Northbound from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, nestled in the shade of a rainforest and surrounded by a river, lies an outdoor batik studio. This is where Intan Suria creates her signature hand-painted pieces such as 'Plume' and 'Monsoon'.
Sounds emerge from the rainforest like an orchestra, originating from all kinds of Fauna that habitat the green surroundings. A consistent pitch from Giant Chicadas (especially after the rains) is a very common frequency all day long. Listen closely and you might be lucky enough to pick up Hornbills, Wild Gibbons, Macaques, Woodpeckers, Tree frogs and so on.
Suria approaches the first stroke on a blank silk canvas like a ritual, whispering a small prayer before hand painting each piece, in hopes that her work will be beautifully finished.
The studio is a creative collaboration with local marginalised artisans and their communities. Each piece is an individual story, hand crafted by local artisans. SURIA works towards creating sustainable initiatives where fabrics are painted, to reduce water footprint and remnant wax is recycled to minimise the environmental impact. SURIA occasionally sponsors TRCRC (Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO).