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Personal Project is a stepping stone in pursuing my future career in fashion, where self-expression, creativity, and craftsmanship transpire in tangible designs. From an early age, fashion has always caught my attention due to the intricate details, captivating colors, and unique silhouettes interpreted in my enjoyment of watching runways and fashion-related content. Through Personal Project, I endeavor to learn how to develop my ideas into striking designs, traditional Indonesian embroidery techniques and how to execute various embroidered stitches along with how to accurately represent my clothing ideas so that they may be depicted with maximum depth, emphasis, and structure.

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Embroidery is a renowned form of craft and cultural heritage. It is made by manually stitching a fabric according to a design, however in recent eras embroidery is now typically made by machine or industrially. Depending on various social backgrounds, embroidery tells a tale by its pattern being a combination of patterns, objects, or sceneries. In Asia, embroidery has been popularized since the Tang dynasty and eventually migrated to Indonesia in the 18th century. In Indonesia, embroidery is a part of traditional crafts and costumes as it is applied in kebaya (traditional wear for Indonesian women) and wastra (traditional textiles). 

My learning goals include fashion illustration and embroidery to gain knowledge about its influence and connection to Indonesian culture.

I endeavor to learn about traditional Indonesian embroidery techniques and how to execute various embroidered stitches along with how to accurately represent my clothing ideas so that they may be depicted with maximum depth, emphasis, and structure.

An embroidered mini-dress done in contrasting colors to emphasize the texture created by the embroidery.

I will design an embroidered dress with traditional Indonesian embroidery through this project. This dress will take the influence of works of Indonesian artisans and the underrated field of hand embroidery in Indonesia. This dress provides a canvas for me to exhibit traditional Indonesian embroidery yet still enhance self-expression through my design

To acquire my learning goals, I collected and analyzed information about embroidery and each stitch to identify solutions of commonly occurred throughout embroidering, compared and contrasted ideas between different insights from my experts throughout creating my dress, drew connections between culture and traditional Indonesian embroidery, and created connections between information offered by my experts and other resources

Firstly, I started creating a list of research questions outlining the information I wanted to obtain for my project. Following the research questions, I compiled and analyzed a number of resources with my reviews written in a table.

ATL highlighted: Self-management skills

I have indirectly improved my skills in focusing or managing precision and tension which are crucial factors in embroidery and are determining factors of the result. By learning precision and tension, I learned patience which is visible in the tightness of the knots and embroidery when I rush and tug on the fabric or the thread. This experience has enhanced my ability to accept failures, bounce back, self-motivate, and learn through mistakes. The challenges I’ve encountered also strengthened my understanding of the meticulous details the creative process requires, fostering a great sense of patience and self-management.

This project allowed me to explore my area of interest on broader spectrums such as fashion, design, culture, and craftsmanship. Completing this project also amplified my confidence within this field as this task bridges my interests, hobbies, and future career. 

The embroidered dress exemplified above is the conclusive product of my personal project. My dress depicted traditional Indonesian embroidery through the sulam kepalo samek I pertained to. To amplify the torso of my dress, I added white flower ornaments to create contrast and detail. The colors employed are either contrasting or within the same color range to add depth to my embroidery. I added ruffles for the skirt of my dress to build shape and lines across the dress to enhance the rhythm of my dress.


In my first effort, I attempted to sew the dress independently and did not apply a valid Indonesian embroidery technique. When creating my dress for the second time, I curated a mood board and designed rough sketches but used proportions to amplify the final sketch. I also created criteria to enhance the final result of my dress. Throughout embroidering my dress, I have also dealt with changes from my original design as I found specific placements that needed to be put in the right place and easy to embroider on maximally.