“My name is Anif. I was born in Banyuwangi, East Java. My father was a farmer. My village is very beautiful and cool, surrounded by mountains and rice fields. The people in my village hold onto the values of tradition and culture strongly. We all lived in harmony. Remembering my childhood, I am very grateful to my father, because he is the most influential person in my life. My mother left us three siblings and my father when I was little. I was very angry and disappointed in my mother, and kept asking myself why she had left us. But, now that time has passed, I have forgiven my mother.
“Even though it was very difficult for our family when mom left, my father as a single parent managed to educate us well. He gave us very useful values for getting through this life. Keep your spirits high, never give up, and always try for the best. The best human being is one who is useful to other humans. It's a message I'll always remember.
“I went to primary school through high school in East Java. In high school I took a vocational course in fashion design. Then, I moved to Yogyakarta for college with a major in design in order to master this skill. While I was studying in college, I worked in a boutique as a designer of kebaya embroidery motifs. Although I was very busy, I was very happy, because this was the job that I was interested in from the beginning. I was determined to master it and own my own business someday.
“Yogyakarta is the best place to have a business related to batik. I can go to the market and source the batik by myself. A lot of motifs can be found in the batik market in Yogyakarta. I design clothes or textiles for home decoration with my three assistants and most of our work uses patchwork batik cloth. Using waste products satisfies my spirit. I am very proud that I was awarded by the government for my use of recycled fabric.
“Besides working, I also love to cook, especially now that I have to cook for my husband and three children. I am very happy to live in Yogyakarta, one of the most important cultural cities in Indonesia. Yogyakarta’s natural surroundings are beautiful and the customs in every corner of the city are still very strong. Living with family, especially my children, it seems that my life is already complete. Listening to them laugh and chat has turned into a sacred and pleasurable experience.”