In 2010 Liza Yahya and Muhammad Abdat started a small hobby fashion business from their home in Jakarta based on the many heritage designs in Indonesia. Liza had her first exposure to fashion during her early age in her father garment factory, during that time she had the opportunity to learn about quality of the material, sewing techniques and finishing qualities. These experiences and the knowledge gained, gave her a deep down appreciation for fashion and coupled her artistic flair drove her passion to bring Kanzi Designs to life. In the early days, Liza was working as a dentist to make ends meet. In 2014 Liza decided to take a leap of faith and resigned from their roles as a Dentist, to go full-time as owners of Kanzi Collection. This decision was both a challenge and a blessing.
From this humble beginning, Kanzi has developed into a quality garment design and production house delivering an array of styles to suit a wide range of clients with appreciation for quality material, emotionally unique patterns and colors combined with the flowing designs that delivers both elegance and subtle beauty.
Kanzi, in Arabic, means ‘Treasure’ and true to its meaning, the Kanzi styles define an endless fashion that expresses itself through motif, flow of cuts and a fabric which will never decline in value and will continually provide grace to the wearer through its enduring style and design.
Our elegance and formal attire includes an exclusive range of fashion that utilizes Ikat fabric. This cloth is hand-made using traditional methods that produce a unique, high quality material. As we support the continuation of this traditional method and manufacture, the time it takes to produce a uniquely designed limits Kanzi in both the number of items and design pattern available to the fashion industry. While some see this as a disadvantage, we strongly believe that these limitations make our IKAT range exclusive and unique. This allows us to provide individualized garments that are high in quality, limited in addition and provide the wearer with an exceptional experience in elegance.
At Kanzi, we transform these traditional fabrics into a modern concept, which creates a unique and innovative fashion piece.
In 2016, for the first time we produced our own unique design of Ikat fabric utilizing traditional methods and techniques of the Indonesian historical hand woven material and incorporated their unique designs into modern styles for today’s fashion conscious market.
The design was successfully showcased during Indonesian Fashion Week 2017 and gained popularity among Ikat lovers both locally and globally.
With its success, and the continuous costumer demand the Kanzi team created their second edition of Ikat which was showcased at the Residence of Australian Ambassador as part of Australian Award 2018.
IKAT AS OUR JOURNEY
Kanzi chooses “IKAT” as its journey because of its intrinsic visual value, meaning and purpose. Ikat means ‘to tie or to bind’ in the Indonesian language. It is a hand woven, traditional material where the item was used first by the indigenous people of Indonesia to show the wealth or power of a person.
The art of Ikat weaving was a disappearing. At Kanzi, we strongly believe this uniquely traditional process should not only be maintained but revived and available to be appreciated by people around the globe.
In the past, and now in the future, Ikat production will continue to be a primary source of income for men and women in several regions in Indonesia, where various styles and motifs are made with local characteristics and woven into high quality cloth.
KANZI Collection participate and provide quality garments in three (3) market segments:
- Affordable, comfortable and simple home / casual wear
- Smart casual and business apparel
- Elegance and formal / semi-formal attire (IKAT)
WE ARE DIFFERENT ….
Our business philosophy is centered on quality, unique design and community appreciation. We believe that traditional methods of cloth manufacture can be preserved through the incorporation of their unique qualities into modern concepts and design.
We provide exclusive, original and creative fashion wear at an appropriate price.
Our IKAT range is exclusive and each piece is developed with passion that promotes different feelings and emotions in the wearer.
IKAT garments looks like handmade fashion because they are. We create and craft the garment cognizant of its history and with the wearer in mind.
The Kanzi Colleciton range is inclusive of all genders. However, we understand that the vast majority of our customers will be female. Our designs and styles center on woman fashion with limited gentlemen’s fashion items. Our gentlemen’s range provide the wearer with an experience that enriches their sociality while allowing the flexibility to complement their companion in a manner that enhances the partnership. This provides an opportunity for the wearers to be seen as an individual yet connected both visually and emotionally.
All production and design of Kanzi Collection items are in-house to maintain product quality and creative originality. Kanzi Collection employ a team of 28 technically qualified people including Ikat weavers, thread dyers, pattern designers, pattern cutters and quality control personnel.
Our total production capacity per month is 450 items / garments of which Ikat accounts for approximately 150. We use traditional methods to ensure quality cloth is created. These methods take significantly lengths of time to produce their unique design and texture. This restricts and limits the total number of Ikat items available and makes them an exclusive range of fashion garments in the marketplace.