Upon closing the book authored by Pramoedya Ananta Toer titled as “The King, The Witch and The Priest”, Sapto Djojokartiko immediately went to his drawing board and created Sang Randeng Girah, a ten-look collection that was presented in Dewi Fashion Knights in the last day of Jakarta Fashion Week 2012 on Friday, November 18th 2011 at Pacific Place.
The story touched his mind where the character Calon Arang became his main inspiration. In an interview, the designer explained a little about Calon Arang, “She is vengeful, she is fierce, she is powerful and she’s a woman. That’s why this collection reflects Calon Arang, but the Calon Arang that would live and breathe amongst us in a modern time.”
In his first participation for Dewi Fashion Knights, the Solo born designer was representing the mystical part of Bali that rarely been touched by many people. The collection (in black, metallic, gold and the softest hue of pink) reflects Balinese tradition: lace for relief carvings, netted fabric for the flow of movement in a dance and the sequins that becomes the major player in the collection reflects the vibrancy and modernity that Bali has – and also what the modern woman is to Sapto Djojokartiko.
Other nuances and detailing that are involved in Sang Randeng Girah are the texture of rope, nails and hair.