INACRAFT 2017: Gifts, Housewares, Batik, and Much More

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INACRAFT 2017.

TODAY was the first day of the 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair (INACRAFT 2017) held at Jakarta Convention Center. The event spans five days and will run from 26 Р30 April 2017.

Officially the biggest and most complete exhibition (in Indonesia) of gifts, housewares, handicraft, batik, accessories etc, it is an event not to be missed. I was in Singapore last year during INACRAFT 2016 and was really sad. So glad to make it for this year’s. ūüôā

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Ticker counter at 11am.

True to my expectations, it was pretty crowded on the first day (and probably will be for the other days). I went at 11 a.m. and the crowd was already building up. It was worse by the time I left at 3 p.m. (yes four hours later!) Рmy driver took half an hour to make one tiny turn to pick me up at the lobby.

When I first entered the exhibition hall, I was overwhelmed. There were more than 1500 exhibitors and I didn’t know where to start. Oh by the way…after you are done shopping at Hall A, do continue walking on to Hall B – there are even more stalls there. If not for my appointment at 4 p.m., I’d definitely have stayed longer than four hours heh.

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Layout for Exhibition Hall A. There is a separate plan for Hall B.

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Upon entering Hall A.

I had in mind a few things to look out for at INACRAFT 2017 — batik, accessories, wood home decor, and storage boxes. And I’m happy to say I fulfilled my INACRAFT wish list.

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Batik cloth and clothing.

There are so many stalls selling batik from all over Indonesia…from silk to cotton to tulis to cap¬†– you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

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Trendy batik flats (love the topmost right pair).

The housewares/home decor section was equally huge. There were stalls selling aromatherapy items, unique vases, wall art, teak furniture, wood carvings, artificial flowers, carpets, bath fittings, tableware, baskets, embroidered bed and cushion covers, just to name a few.

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All things wicker.

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Cutest handsewn stuffed animals.

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Of beautiful food covers and bottle-lamps.

My advice would be to go early; the place was teeming with people around noon and it got a little harder to move around and browse stall items.

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Crowd situation at noon.

There were a lot of stalls selling miscellaneous items like handmade gifts, stationery supplies, educational games, puzzles, gemstones, board games, pet clothing, and so on.

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Indonesian food that looks realllly real. This got me hungry.

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Onesies for your beloved kids pets.

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Handmade statement necklaces.

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Storage boxes for almost everything and anything.

There was an entire section of stalls run by various provinces around Indonesia; they sell many traditional items unique to their province. I find it amazing how so many people flew down from around Indonesia (with all their special items) just for INACRAFT Jakarta. ūüôā

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Ivana hails from Lampung and I insisted she take a picture. ūüėČ

Here’s what I bought at INACRAFT 2017 (much to Agent D’s dismay):

  • Batik necklace and batik brooches, all handmade.
  • Wood serving plate and a wooden vase which I fell in love with at first sight. Can’t wait to pair it with a few stalks of baby’s breath.
  • Batik fabric to make a dress and possibly a matchy-matchy outfit with Agent D.
  • Storage/jewelry box for my accessories (isn’t it just so pretty!). Lovin’ the embroidered silk drawers.
  • And since I’ve been spending the husband’s $$$, I thought I’d better get him something too – a batik casual tee.

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    The only thing I got for Agent D.


INACRAFT 2017

The 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair

26 – 30 April 2017
Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta

Explore Indonesia #10: Day Trip to Kampoeng Djamoe Organic

Kampoeng Djamoe Organik (KaDO)¬†by Martha Tilaar Group is an oasis in the industrial area of ‚Äč‚ÄčCikarang, about 45-50 km east of central Jakarta. It functions as an environmental education + conservation centre and makes a great destination for a day trip out of Jakarta.¬†

We left Jakarta on a Thursday morning at 0730 and reached KaDO at 0930 (with smooth traffic, the journey should take less than an hour).

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Welcome to Kampoeng Djamoe Organic!

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the friendly people of KaDO and served a welcome drink (a refreshing herbal concoction meant to warm the throat). As our group was pretty big, we were split up into two smaller groups with separate guides.

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Scenic green grounds.

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Excited tourists.

Our guide brought us on a tour around the Herbal Garden and introduced some of the plants that grow there. KaDO consists of 10 hectares of green land that is home to 650 species of plants, all of which are grown organically. The entire place is very well-organized; the plants have tags with information on their names and uses.

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KaDO’s plants are grown organically, without any fertilizers.

The plants at KaDO are grown for 3 main purposes — medicine, aromatherapy, and cosmetics.¬†Did you know that…pineapple is good for the hair; lavender is good for the skin;¬†teak leaves help prevent obesity?!!

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Such pretty orchids!

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Orchid (left) and plant (right) labelled with its name and uses.

Our guide jokingly told us to breathe in as much of the oxygen-rich air as we could (I personally took loads of deep breaths during my time there). According to him, the air¬†we usually breathe in Jakarta¬†is mixed with pollution and of much poorer quality than that of Kampoeng Djamoe’s.

After the Garden tour, we visited the Martha Tilaar Training Center where young girls from rural villages (some sold by their own parents sadly) are taught skills to make a living.

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Martha Tilaar Training Center.

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Young girls undergoing training. In this picture, they are mixing the herbs required for body treatment/spa.

They are offered free boarding and meals with a small allowance and learn treatment techniques for the body, face, hair, hand and foot.

Upon graduating, they get sent out to the Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spas around Indonesia. (I had previously wrote about my Peach Delima Body Treatment here: Of Spas in Jakarta: Martha Tilaar.)

I went on this day trip with the ASEAN Women Circle (AWC) and we got to plant our very own tree on KaDO’s grounds. Please grow well, little one. Perhaps I’ll come visit you some years later.

Following which, we proceeded to Kedai Sehat Alami for a snack break.

There was a short presentation on the benefits of herbal plants followed by interesting live demonstrations such as making healthy juices/herbal drinks, getting chlorophyll direct from leaves, etc. 

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We got to taste some of the herbal drink concoctions from their homegrown plants. Good stuff!

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Beneficial herbs for good health.

A buffet style organic lunch was included in the day tour package. The food was prepared fresh, using herbs from KaDO’s garden.

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Happy participants.

One highlight of this trip was meeting the woman behind all this, Martha Tilaar herself. She shared about her infertility journey of 16 years, where reputable doctors/professors around the world told her she would never be able to have children of her own. But her mom, a herbalist, decided to use herbs to treat her and she eventually conceived at 41 years of age (three years later). 

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Ibu Martha Tilaar. She’s nearing 80 but doesn’t look it at all?!

Speaking of herbs as an alternative medicine,¬†KaDO has their very own resident doctor within the compound (with a Bachelor of Medicine from University of Indonesia and Masters degree in Herbs). The KaDO clinic takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and prescribes herbs instead of western medicine. The doctor is trained in techniques like acupuncture and acupressure as well. Instead of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), you might want to consider this. ūüôā¬†

After lunch, there were more live demonstrations on makeup application and body care. Everyone danced to traditional music before departing KaDO, which was a really nice finish to our visit.

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Body SPA demo.

Each of us went home with a generous door gift from KaDO. I was given one packet of red ginger tea and one packet of Java tea + Martha Tilaar beauty products including a bottle of moisturizer + a REAL plant in a pot. It’s my very first plant in Jakarta and I hope it doesn’t die on me! :/

To sum up, Kampoeng Djamoe Organik Garden is a place that focuses on organic cultivation and conservation; it also functions as a center for environment education and training. It is their hope that they will be able to raise awareness on the importance of protecting our environment, conserving indigenous plants, while implementing green technology.

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Thanks for inviting me along, Shar!!

KaDO is a lovely green respite from Jakarta and would make an ideal weekend trip for families with children (especially if you want to educate them on the environment).

It is open Monday to Saturday from 0800 Р1630 (entrance fee of IDR 20k). They also have day tour packages ranging from IDR 95k РIDR 150k per person, inclusive of lunch. (Their website was last updated on 29 Apr 2014 so prices may have gone up.)

Drop by their website for more information: http://www.kampoengdjamoemarthatilaar.com/


Kampoeng Djamoe Organik (KaDO)
Jalan Ciujung, Kawasan EJIP Pintu II
Cikarang Selatan
Jawa Barat 17530

Cafe Series: HAUSE Rooftop in Kuningan

Hause Rooftop Kitchen & Bar is an oasis in the city, away from the bustling Jakarta traffic. Located on the topmost floor of MD Place Tower 2 (in Setiabudi), this cozy rooftop hideout makes a good place to relax and unwind.

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Hause Rooftop Kitchen & Bar.

Bearing semblance to that of a private glass house complete with a backyard, Hause Rooftop has both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor space oozes homey vibes and takes a collected approach, with souvenirs and artworks from the owner’s travels.

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Cozy electic interior.

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Brunch at Hause Rooftop on Good Friday. #TGIF

The outdoor space is my favouritest part of the cafe. It is a really nice place to chill and feel the breeze in your hair coupled with a lovely sky view.

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Outdoor garden area.

Filled with the owner’s personal collection of hanging air plants, herbs and flower plants, it feels like you’re dining in a private garden of a friend’s.

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Lush green enclave.

Some fun facts about Hause Rooftop:

#1. Hause Rooftop handcrafts food & drinks using herbs picked from their very own backyard.

#2. The restaurant is pet-friendly so you can laze under the sun with your fur friends.

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Perfect for you and your fur kids.

#3. Hause Rooftop opens early and closes late. They open at 9 a.m. everyday so you can get your morning coffee fix. On Sunday РThursday, they close at 12 a.m.; on Friday РSaturday, they close at 2.00 a.m.. A great place to hangout and have late night drinks with friends!

#4. There is live music on certain nights. So check before going down!

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Hausemade food.

Hause Rooftop is as much a restaurant as it is a bar. Their Hausemade menu and drinks are all freshly made with love. The food menu offers both Western and Indonesian choices along with vegetarian/organic options. For example, they have organic burgers by Burgreens.

Agent D got himself the ‘Curry Katsu Burger’ (IDR 115k) while I ordered a ‘Hausemade pasta – Linguine Carbonara with Salmon’ (IDR 100k).

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Curry Katsu Burger (IDR 115k).

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Consists of fried chicken breast, curry mayo, purple cabbage, hausemade bun served with fries & mixed garden salad.

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Linguine Carbonara with Salmon (IDR 100k).

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Consists of linguine carbonara, salmon, diced red onion in light cream sauce and egg yolk served with orange zest.

Classic cocktails aside, they have a pretty good list of Hause-invented cocktails which are inspired from their garden and hand-crafted to perfection.

For instance, the fresh and light Backyard (white rum, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, clove syrup with lemongrass and scented basil), the milky Hause Sweet Hause (vanilla flavoured vodka, Frangelico, Baileys, fresh milk, and caramel syrup biscotti), the light and fresh Flower Lady (Hause Gin, Bols elderflower, fresh lemon, lavender bitter and rosa aroma), etc.

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Hause bar.

Non-alcoholic options are extensive too with freshly squeezed juices, chilled juices, artisan coffee, specialty tea,  hand-crafted Vitamines (something like mocktails), Kombucha Sangria, etc.

Agent D went for the ‘Kombucha Sangria’ (IDR 75k) which is rather pricey for Jakarta standards, in my opinion. According to Hause, their kombucha is made exclusively from fresh local fruits & vegetable juice that cleanses, heals, energizes and detoxifies one’s body. Sounds too good to be true eh?

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Kombucha Sangria (IDR 75k).

I love all things chai and ordered the ‘Chai Latte’ (IDR 45k), a cinnamon flavored milk tea served with palm sugar.

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Chai Latte (IDR 45k).

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Chai latte made my morning!

Adding to the list of cafes in Kunignan. ENJOY!


Hause Rooftop
MD Place Tower 2 – 6th Floor
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan no. 7
Jakarta Selatan

Super Easy Doubly Yummy: Fudgey Nutella Brownies

I’ve always had a thing for Nutella (hazelnuts and cocoa combined). During my childhood days where calories and waistlines didn’t matter much, I would eat it straight out of the jar and finish the entire thing in one setting. *horrors*

Last week, I attempted to bake Nutella brownies for the first time. And…they turned out really well!! In this recipe, no chocolate or cocoa powder is added to the brownie batter; all of the chocolate flavor comes from Nutella. YUM.

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Each brownie has this incredibly delish chocolate hazelnut flavor.

Plus it is really easy to make with everything prepared in just one bowl. Practically fuss free and zero mess! Sharing the recipe here with you. ‚̧

Fudgey Nutella Brownies Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (72g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar (use 70g of sugar if you don’t want it too sweet)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (370g) Nutella, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350¬įF (177¬įC). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-9 inch baking pan¬†with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the brownies out of the pan. (If using a 9 inch pan, the bake time will be a few minutes less.) Set aside.

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Line baking pan with parchment paper.

2. With a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed in a large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.

3. Add the sugar and beat on high speed for 1-2 minutes until creamed. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl where necessary.

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Add 70g of sugar.

4. With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.

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Add eggs and vanilla extract.

5. Beat in 1 cup of Nutella and salt. Mix until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl where necessary.

6. With the mixer running on low speed, add the flour, mixing just until combined. Do not over-mix.

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Almost done! ūüôā

7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Drop teaspoonfuls of the remaining 1/4 cup Nutella on top. Using a knife, swirl the Nutella into the batter.

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Swirl nutella into batter (pardon my messy swirling heh).

8. Bake the Nutella brownies for 32-36 minutes. Keep checking on them and test with a toothpick to determine whether it’s ready. If the toothpick comes out with only a couple of moist crumbs, the brownies are done! Mine took about 33 minutes.

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Love the smell of something baking in the oven.

9. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan.

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Homemade nutella brownies fresh out of the oven!

10. Once cool, lift the paper out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into smaller pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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TA-DAAAAA. Nutella brownies a success!

The brownies were crumbly chewy on the outside, fudgey moist inside. Really nice. And the best thing yet – it is not difficult to make! x

Original recipe credit: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/04/04/nutella-brownies/

Flavour-packed Indonesian Cuisine on a Rooftop: Kila Kila by Akasya

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Yummy Indonesian fare at Kila Kila by Akasya.

Two months back, I shared a list of my¬†favourite Indonesian restaurants¬†in Jakarta. Out of the recommended 5, one of them was¬†KilaKila¬†by Akasya. This is a super delayed post on Kila Kila…but better late than never right. ūüėČ

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Lunch at Kila Kila.

Kila Kila means ‚Äúsounds of joy‚ÄĚ in Sanskrit; through her Indonesian food, she hopes to create a joyful experience for all visitors. Located in the heart of SCBD near Pacific Place, this rooftop restaurant offers a beautiful view of the city, especially after the sun goes down.

It is managed by Akasya Catering, a well-known catering company amongst the¬†who’s who of Jakarta. They have provided food for numerous VIP events including the wedding of ex-President Susilo B. Yudhoyono‚Äôs son. Kila Kila is a step up from their first food joint – Akasya Express in Kemang – ¬†which is more casual and warung-ish.

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Charming atmosphere.

The interior of Kila Kila is unpretentiously vibrant. As soon as the lift door opens, dozens of rotating yellow and white pinwheels greet you cheerfully. Traditional rattan lamps, cages and wind chimes of various sizes hang down from a mirrored ceiling, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

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Happy rotating pinwheels.

The entire place is divided into two sections — ¬†smoking and non-smoking (in a semi-open space). The restaurant’s large windows provide good natural lighting during lunch and a beautiful city night scene during dinner, making it an ideal setting for family get-togethers or a romantic date night.

Kila Kila serves good quality Indonesian food that is tastefully done. Common favourites are their¬†Sate Wagyu (grilled wagyu on skewer),¬†Udang Telor Asin (juicy prawns in¬†salted egg yolk sauce),¬†Tumis Bunga Pepaya¬†(one of the best I’ve tasted),¬†Singgang Lidah (Sumatra style grilled ox tongue), amongst many others.

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Table flat lay.

Here are some pictures of our food on the table:

If you’re looking to savour authentic Indonesian cuisine in a chic restaurant (coupled with a view), Kila Kila might just be the place for you! ūüôā

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Dad and mom very pleased with their food


Kila Kila by Akasya
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53
SCBD, Gedung Lot 4 – 7th Floor

Friday Treasure Finds: Qlapa Flea Market Jakarta

Moving on from our previous¬†Friday Treasure Find: Confetti Gift Shop, ¬†I’d like to introduce you to¬†Qlapa¬†flea market currently running at Lippo Mall Kemang (from 31 March – 2 April 2017).

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My Friyay treasure finds from Qlapa market.

As you already know, I’m a huge fan of flea markets – especially those selling local handmade products and uniquely Indonesian crafts. The vendors at Qlapa are selling exactly the above. *excitezzz*

I couldn’t wait till the weekend and headed down to Lippo Mall on Friday. The stalls are mainly selling home decor, woodcraft, custom made shoes and bags, pretty batik clothing, leather goods, accessories, AND MORE.

Some pictures from the ground:

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Entrance to Qlapa flea.

Given that the flea was held in a mall, Qlapa market is rather small in size. It would have been nice if it was larger scale with more stalls. Then again, the shopping aftermath would have left me even more broke $$$ heh.

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Lovely water colour paintings.

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Well wishes cards and notebooks by ARTIAN.

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Shoppers drawn to accessories by XUSHA NARA DESIGN; Batik by KREATIV CORNERE.

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Unique woodcraft by a local designer. Couldn’t resist the animals!

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Custom made batik flats, sneakers, platforms, and sandals by D.A.T.

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Photography art on canvass and tote bags.

My buys from Qlapa flea:

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Tiny things to brighten up our home.

I’ve been looking for a good ol’ hand-stitched leather wallet for some time, something I can rough out with whilst travelling. And boyyy was I glad to find a matching pair for Agent D and myself!

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Hand stitched bifold for Agent D and a long wallet for myself. Both are made from cattle skin.

The entire wallet is hand sewn, from the exterior to the interior. Don’t you just love the smell of leather?! I do. ūüôā

If you have nothing on this weekend, be sure to drop by Qlapa flea market! I’m sure you’ll be able to find a cute handmade gift for someone special or a souvenir for yourself. ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧

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Please hold another one soon, Qlapa market!

If you cant make it to the flea, you can always browse Qlapa’s online shop:¬†https://qlapa.com/


Qlapa Flea Market
Lippo Mall Kemang
Ground Level