If you are a tactile person like us, you’ll find it utterly hard to brace yourself and stop running your fingers through the buttery soft textiles that make Quarzia boutique glimmer. The moment you step in that delicate shimmer gives you an impression you have looked in the treasure chest, and so it is, in a way. It’s all about the hand-painted or hand-stamped batik here, but apart from some other galleries around the island these lush silks and cottons are wearable, modern and elegant garments, not just a traditional souvenir from Bali. The mastermind behind the brand is an Italian couple Simonetta Quarti and Marco Lastrucci, and – call us biased! – the Italian sense of beauty gives the traditional art of batik the whole new spin!
There are breezy tunics, luring, sliding off one shoulder. Voluptuous floating scarfs. Floor-swiping kimonos. Wrap pants that are potent to transform a salty surfer girl into a contemporary art gallery owner. Some cunningly constructed dresses (you would need the shop assistant’s help to get the idea how they should be worn). And all other things smooth, sleek and flowing. You just want to touch those items, and once you feel their silky skin you won’t let it go.
There is something magical about those batiks. Although the technique they are being made by is ancient, there is nothing old school about the result, but you can’t really call it cutting-edge contemporary either. The colors – think shades of indigo, mandarin, cranberry – are striking, yet not too cool for school. The patterns are sweet yet not overwhelming. Guess, this is what is called the “elegance”, “class” and “timeless chic” in the outer world? Golly, in the universe of barely dressed surfers and ageless skaters we almost forgot what it looks like! ?
Go check it out: Quarzia Ubud
Find it: Jl.Dewi Sita 8, Ubud