I have always been amazed how locals find ways to open up their very own business. They seemed to be very casual and down to earth and a friendly marketing strategy is all they needed to sustain. Admiring their courage, their ability to save up and give back to their family and community, it really lightens my heart. And no matter what the business was, whether big or small, be it old or young, I quietly enjoyed how locals dedicate their lives to earn a simple living.
As for me, my personal share of how I opened our very first shop seemed a little different. You wouldn’t believe it was only because we did not have a good internet access back in Kampung Serada where we operated the business. Yes, unfortunately, we still lack in this modern day via wifi, unifi etc and we wanted our website to launch smoothly, so, moving into a space that is feasible and nearer to town was the best option and it led to one to the other.
It’s also pretty amazing that a tiny, little shop like ours could demand so many things! I got to say, when the shop looked empty, uncleaned and deserted, I was super-nervous and on top of all that, you can just imagine what an emotional ride it was with two boys aged 7, 4 and being pregnant in the 3rd trimester…sigh! From painting, to fixing electrical appliances, going up and down the stairs and back to the studio just to check on all the orders, it was indeed challenging!
And thankfully, when we started to load our batiks, sorted out the stock, organized our administration, everything started to fall into place and we were ready to open up our very first shop.Thank goodness!
The shop is a petite in size, divided into two areas; one to display our handmade batik products and the other for our administration including a small spot for me to dwell into patternmaking and design ( I have been waiting my whole life for that spot!!!) So, the idea was to balance out all the products, furniture and other deco materials together and create this ample space for our customers or clients; a shopping experience that gives them time to wander and at the same time chill and unwind.
Alhamdulillah, things are taking up shape now, and I really got to thank my whole Nysakapas Administration team including the plumber-neighbour, the air-conditioner neighbour, my artisans back in our studio, Kampung Serada, my husband who has been so helpful and always encouraging me to be humble and be mindful on every single thing, my two amazing boys, Bilal and Khalil for giving me the time to sort out the shop, InsyaAllah ibu is going to do my best so maybe one day, we can enjoy these memorable moments when you are much older and of course to the strong baby inside my cocoon, hang in there, we human-mothers have a lot of things to do before you human-babies come out!
A special thank you goes out to all our followers especially from Instagram. The amount of support from you is amazing and we hope to do our best in relifting the art and making more incredible batik designs and purposes. Thank you for loving our traditional, handmade, handblocked batiks.
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