Discarded 2 Delightful
The word batik is thought to be derived from the word 'ambatik' which translated means 'a cloth with little dots' and it plays an important part of Southeast Asian culture.
Here at U4B, we only choose the batik that has been deemed unfit for wear by its original owner and as such, it ensures that each batik product produced is entirely unique and full of history.
Your purchase helps to prevent this iconic fabric from finding a home into the landfill, which also helps protect and preserve its culture and heritage.
HOW ITS MADE
Lifeline Clothing Malaysia Sdn Bhd (LLCM) collect unwanted textiles in Malaysia. They do that through the many collection bins dotted around Malaysia but also by working closely with communities and holding events.
The Baju kurung used for this upcycling initiative, collected by LLCM, are mostly made from polyester, therefore making it difficult to recycle, hence the birth of U4B upcycled baju bags.
Australia Textiles Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ATMM) sorts the used textiles into over 500 different categories in Port Klang, Malaysia.
Every week they receive tonnes of brightly coloured Baju Kurung. The Baju Kurung will either come as a pair or as a single item.
Due to the size of the fabric used in Baju Kurung, it makes it easier for our cutters and sewers to work with and helps us offer consistency.
Australian Textiles Manufacturing Malaysia is the only ISO-certified textile processing company in Malaysia that has a manufacturing license.
They work with numerous talented designers in Malaysia who create the patterns and designs so that they can cut the baju kurungs in house, which not only helps in keeping the price competitive but also makes the end product more environmentally friendly.
We have agreements in place with academies, home sewers, sewing schools and members of the B40 class in Malaysia for them to stitch and make our baju kurung bags.
This means that with your purchase, you are supporting an everyday person who can then in turn, support their family.
Our bags are by the people, for the people.