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 – 30 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. 🙂

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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!) – my 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. 🙂

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

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
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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. 🙂

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

Custom Made Lamps in Jakarta: Cahayalampu

Following up on my post on Custom-made Furniture in Jakarta, I wanted to show y’all my most recent purchase from the Women’s International Club (WIC) Bazaar *drum roll* – A TEACUP + TEAPOT LAMP.

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Hand made lamp from Cahayalampu (IDR 700k).

Isn’t she such a beauty? The lamp base is made up of a reused teacup and two vintage teapots stacked one on top of the other. I fell in love with it at first sight. ❤

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I’m a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout.

Being a tea addict myself, I thought it was apt to style my home with a teacup + teapot lamp. What do you think?

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I am a very special pot, it is true. Here is an example of what I can do. I can turn my handle into a spout, tip me over and pour me out.

Cahayalampu has ready stock lamps that can be altered to fit your house decor – be it changing its colour, height, or lampshade. Or you can get them to custom make lamps. Just bring a photo of your dream lamp to their shop and they can make it into a reality!

REUSE. The people at Cahayalampu have an amazing ability to turn just about anything into a lamp — figurines, vases, ceramics, candlesticks, teapots, just to name a few. #VeryImpressive

Lamps aside, they also make exquisite sofas, chairs, and curtains. If you are interested, just drop by their store and BROWSE. 😉


Cahayalampu
Kemang Timur 97
Jakarta Selatan 12730

Custom-made Furniture in Jakarta

One of the things I love best about living in Jakarta is shopping for all kinds of HANDMADE products – from intricate accessories and housewares to solid teak furniture. Indonesians are very good with their hands, often producing beautiful handicrafts at a VERY affordable cost. 🙂 🙂 🙂

If you’ve searched high and low for that perfect piece of furniture but to no avail, fret not. You can always custom-make it!!! The Kemang area in Jakarta houses loads of tailor-made furniture stores. Plus there are quite a number of cute cafes you can check out in between furniture shopping.

Two weeks ago, I bought two custom-made stools online for IDR 300K (S$30) each. Their legs are made of solid wood (which explains why they’re so heavy!!) and their tops consist of dyed rope coiled in repeated circles.

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Custom-made stools.

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Aren’t they pretty?

I can’t wait to use them in my new home! ❤