Kartini The Label is a love affair with Indonesian textiles. Celebrating the divine feminine, my batik inspired prints and modern cuts, inspire bold effortless pieces that, like Kartini women, are both unique and timeless.
Hello! I am Jill Kartini, Designer and Director of KARTINI The Label. I live on a small island Gili Air, located off the coast of Lombok - right next door to Bali, Indonesia with my husband Jimi and our 2 babes Javier & Indah. We have been lucky enough to call this beautiful island home for 10 years now - we met here, fell in love here, built our house and businesses here, and now we are raising our family here.
I started KARTINI right about the time we were married in 2014 and were just finding our feet on the island. KARTINI The Label was borne out of my desire to create swimwear and effortless garments that suited island life but that I could also take on my travels home to Australia and around the world - and my love affair with Indonesian batik. This centuries old artistic tradition is at the heart of all my designs. I began making clothes for myself, then my friends - and the label grew from there. I now stock seven stores across three different countries!
I am Australian-Indonesian and I grew up in a household full of textiles from around the world, particularly batik that my Mum collected during her travels to Bali and Sumatra, and pieces from my Dad and his family. I followed in my Mum's footsteps and began collecting batik on my travels across Indonesia. I love the detailed intricacy of hand drawn and stamped batik that can take weeks to make, in particular those dyed with gorgeous earthy botanicals.
Kartini is my middle name, given to me by my mother. She chose it because Raden Ajeng Kartini, was a strong and brave Javanese woman, an advocate for girls’ access to education, and for Indonesian women’s rights during the Dutch colonial era. She is celebrated today as a pioneer in the women’s movement of Indonesia. I have always loved the name, and Kartini’s story. I wanted a name for my designs that represented female strength, which I believe, embodies the KARTINI label.
In creating garments for Kartini The Label, I work with some amazing women in our ethically run, female led studio in Bali, Indonesia. Our studio places a strong emphasis on using environmentally conscious and sustainable methods and materials, which is very important to me.
I love sharing my designs with you! Each and every single one of your orders means the world to me. Thank you for supporting my small, independent label - I hope you love your pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Jill Kartini xx