I chose to name my store Khatulistiwa because I live in Malaysia which is in South East Asia near the equator. It is "summer" 365 days a year here in Malaysia. Khatulistiwa means the "equator" in our Malay language. Malaysia is a place where 3 main races - the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians live together in harmony. So our culture is quite a rich blend of these 3 main races - the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the way we speak is influenced by the best of these 3 cultures.
Online-selling is my passion. I love the thought that someone living thousands of miles away from me could wear something I design or sell. Many of my buyers tend to return for more treasures time after time and I'm happy that some of them have become my faraway friends. :-) I hand-pick everything you see in my store. I run my store by myself, so my buyers know that each time they come back, they will have my personal attention.
I am also proud to announce that Khatulistiwa's very own design is finally here! Fun, arty kaftans that you can wear! Since these kaftans are our original designs, you won't find these designs anywhere else! Don't miss out; grab one now because only very limited quantities are available! Check out my Store Category "Design by KHATULISTIWA" for an original Khatulistiwa design!
Malaysia is famous for our hand-drawn batik and hand-printed batik. Hand-drawn batik is where designs are drawn on white fabric with hot liquid wax; using a metal object called tjanting (pronounced "chanting"). When the wax outlines are done, colorful dyes are painted in. And then the fabric is boiled to remove the wax. This whole process is repeated again and again depending on how complex the whole design is. That is why each piece of batik is unique. It's ART and you can wear it!