51 comments

  1. Maike

    July 17, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Scott, we should change our Jobs from time to time… I have aircondition :-)

    great pics… and of course, you found some Fashion ladies!

    http://congratsyouareingoodcompany.blogspot.ch/

  2. Simbarashe

    July 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Such a clean pattern on the right, ill take something with it.
    http://lordashbury.com

  3. irene laura

    July 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

  4. Rachelle

    July 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love these amazing prints, these pics of Bali reminds me of Haiti.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  5. Denisa

    July 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Very interesting pics. Great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  6. nola

    July 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

    wow ,very nice motif and bali :) awsome

  7. carol

    July 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

    second picture is eveeeeeen better :)
    x

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  8. Desiree

    July 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Love the prints on the skirt! very beautiful.

    http://desireechoo.blogspot.sg/

  9. Khoa

    July 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I rarely comment but I just have to today. The photo on the left is terrific; it speaks volumes about your trained fashion eyes. I’m from Asia, so naturally I tend to take things here for granted and often complain how there’s no real sense of fashion here. Now, I really have to train my eyes harder. Bali is amazing as always, by the way!

  10. Anonymous

    July 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful.

    It’s refreshing to see such beautiful alternatives to daily dressing rather than the highly contrived, profit driven clones of many fashion blogs in the past few years.

  11. FripperyVintage

    July 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Love these, such an interesting contrast to what you usually shoot.

  12. Rose

    July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

    More please!!

  13. The Fashion Fraction

    July 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

  14. L'Oliphant

    July 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Love those fabrics!

  15. Christine

    July 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I love these prints!!!!
    http://heelsandpeplum.wordpress.com/

  16. abigail

    July 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    after visiting bali i am actually quite often thinking about this. that woman in the second photo is nailing it.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  17. Jen Silouette

    July 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I love these prints!!! I love the colours of the african´s print. Nice shoots!!!
    http://www.silouettecreations.com

    • Cay

      July 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      These batiks are actually not traditionally African, they’re Indonesian. In fact, African batik was introduced by English and Dutch traders. Patterns and colours on African batik are certainly influenced regionally though, and are often different from the patterns you see here.

  18. Nini piccola

    July 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Love these!

  19. Laura

    July 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Great mix of prints! Love the photos!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  20. Tara

    July 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Love the tote bag. It’s Bali’s Batik version of the Goyard St. Louis tote.

  21. Edgar C

    July 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Fantastic patterns – a juxtaposition of modern and traditional

  22. Sevan

    July 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I have a black and white batik print dress I’ve been wearing for years and never got tired of.
    On the photos, I particularly like the perfect length of the sarong skirts showing just enough of slender ankles.
    Great prints and great baskets !

  23. Fashion Snag

    July 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  24. BethS

    July 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Soooo elegant! thanks for these refreshing images.

  25. Edwina@WINONA, INC.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Absolutely love the pattern mixing. Makes dressing in the morning a lot simpler.

  26. Sara

    July 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I grew up in the Philippines, close by in Asia, where these batik patterns are also prevalent… I find it so interesting that you are fascinated by these patterns that I found so normal while growing up! Funny how sometimes, it really takes an outsider’s perspective to remind you of the beauty of your own culture. Thank you for this!

  27. *sPq

    July 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    i noticed this sort of print mixing back in the late 80s with a rise of people migrating from multiple developing, or economic/politically battle torn nations into this otherwise, fashion-two note, town. not till the 90s when i started to have a richer and broader sense of fashion did i start to appreciate the beauty of it. like all style, some pairings are more successful than others but i love the approach. for me it showcases an attention to tone and shade and understanding scale, textiles and a different way of being very put together. …yep, i have folded it into my own style!

  28. Eva

    July 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    We could really learn something from the women, beautiful!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  29. Name*

    July 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    finally real people doing something other than staring at their phones.

  30. Dora

    July 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I think they both look great!

  31. Lindsey

    July 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Beautiful shots! So cultural and I love the prints
    http://www.shopopal.com

  32. gilbert

    July 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    just beautiful, Scott. Welcome to southeast asia!! more…more…

  33. yulianne

    July 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

    After reading your blogs for years, i’m so happy that you finally come to my beloved country Indonesia.
    I’m so proud i feel like shedding some tears which is embarrasing.
    Love your pics as always

  34. atsu

    July 18, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Hello Scott

    I never know you’re in Bali.
    Very nice pictures! Love handmade batik especially.
    I wished to offer you my dream tropical haven in the jungle in Ubud
    I’m in love with Bali and let me know if you’re still in Ubud.

  35. LesFleurs

    July 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

    You can’t be hesitant or tentative with print. Sometimes clothing can just be cheerful fun.

  36. Anna

    July 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Really amazing shots, it must be so inspiring being amogst they´re culture

    http://beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

  37. Nico

    July 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  38. Nico

    July 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  39. Cattleya

    July 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Super loving it !
    Sartolialist to the finest details, yes you are really one of a kind photographer.
    Keen eyes, a natural in finding the unique and wonderful things.
    I grew up going to these kind wet market, it is harmoniously chaotic !
    Appreciate the shot very much.

  40. eki

    July 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

    As a balinese, and have lived in Europe for sometime now, I miss this simplicity, rich, and glamour. Thanks for sharing your great shots.

  41. alessia

    July 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    love!

    TheChicolat

  42. lua

    July 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I feel uncomfortable and conflicted about these Indonesian photos. As someone a generation away from the paddy fields and markets. It makes me feel dirty. Like my people are being watched by some superficial, sadistic voyeur. I think it’s out of habit – I’m so used to people self-gratifying through, and objectifying, the “oriental other”.

    Don’t get me wrong, everyone can love fashion. My grandmother bred and sold chickens but she had some amazing batik sarongs. Enjoying looking good is not something reserved for the wealthy, even if it is certainly a luxury to feel like you’ve actually achieved the “good look” you’d ideally want. Quality threads cost, after all. Nevertheless, we still make efforts, even if our earnings limit us.

    In fact I actually think your construction worker shot emphasises that. At first I felt insulted by it – but now I appreciate you taking a shot of a dirty, smiling lady in a cracking lime green hat. Nevertheless, people are quick to pity – “oh, look at her smile, even though she’s wearing terrible clothing!”. Oh, VOMIT.

    But do they know you are taking these photos because of their sartorial content? It’s an unusual angle to take. The Balinese are used to having their photos taken, but not for that.

    Essentially, my main beef is that I just want them to participate in this capturing, to be invited in. To be briefed, at least. I want to hear their thoughts. I want other people to hear them. Too much photographic capturing of the “other” renders the “other” silent. It’s simplistic and orientalising. I hate that.

    I guess what I appreciate is that you’re not smothering them too much with your own voice. You’re letting the photos speak for themselves (I still don’t think this is always enough, though). And I could personally do without the “If you’re thinking about… prints” and all that. I know you exist to inspire people, but it just feels cheap.

    Anyway, that’s my 20 cents for the day…!!

  43. lua

    July 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Another thing: I think one of my main beefs is how incongruous these photos look against the backdrop of all that fancy, high end Florentian and Parisian fashion. I guess that’s where you’re based, but I want more of this grungy, everyday, plebeian dirty stuff, please..

    AND I want more well-tailored Indonesian outfits… we’re not all dirt poor and working in the fields..!!!!

  44. ranny

    July 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    U must see Batik.It’s Indonesian heritage.

  45. Catharine

    January 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I’m Indonesian and I’ve been to Bali so many times but this post especially has really shown me how complacent I’ve gotten. I take photos as well and I thought I had an ok eye but it’s good to be reminded to pay more attention. Thanks mate! Love your work.

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