Balik Kampung

I’m definitely not print-shy – I love a cool print, and I’m always on the lookout for unusual or standout prints and patterns.

I like them for two reasons, one is that they are so much more fun and interesting than plain fabric – andI love the new trend of wearing pattern on pattern! (For those who have seen my Instagram feed and asked me about that; I will share how I mix my patterns in another post.)

Two, because I remember trying to create prints from single motifs during art class back in school – a lot of thought, effort and tweaks go into creating the more complicated kinds of prints, and it makes me appreciate an interesting print all the more. Even now as I source for materials to manufacture a design in, I find it quite a challenge to find prints that are both pleasing to the eye and fit the design of a piece.

I hence love this shirt. The print depicts scenes from an old village; or a ‘kampung’, as we call it in Singapore and Malaysia. It’s also bang on trend if you’re going for the monochrome look – just wear it with a black and/or white bottom. And the metal collar tips pull it all together.

maryjulian Ellimay Metal Tip Shirt | American Eagle dyed denim shorts | All arm swag & accessories from Jipaban | Black Raduth Cut-out Wedges; also available in Coffee & Khaki | Rolex watch |

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