First thing first: I'm not a die hard fan of Martha Stewart.
There's a good reason why I'm featuring her name here now, which is correlated with Indonesian BATIK.
You see, lately in my hometown (Indonesia, Java island to be exact) there's a growing trend of using Batik as everyday fashion and home decor. Whereas Batik used to be occasionally worn only, usually for formal events.
Here are some examples of the nowadays trendy casual n chic Batik fashion from my friend's boutique.
I'm not sure when exactly the trend's started, but I assume it's probably because of a recent case where a neighbouring country claimed Batik as of its origin.
I completely understand about culture influences, not to mention between neighboring countries. Yet I (and my fellow Indonesians) can be rest assured, because despite overwhelming odds of Batik being claimed by another country, Batik is already world-wide famous for being an original Javanese (Indonesian) tradition.