Prize Contributed By "Nadya" Featured in Great Idea #177



American designer Nadya fell in love with Bali while vacationing in 1978. By 1980, she was hiring local seamstresses to create her unique and colorful line of handmade batik and hand-painted cotton and rayon clothing, loosely based on the traditional garments of Asia.

The Nadya collection is all hand-made with natural materials, created by Balinese artisans skilled in the traditional arts of batik and ikat (a method of hand-weaving textiles). Signature styles include reversible jackets embellished with unusual beads and dazzling embroidery, separates for women, great shirts for men and an exciting selection of bags, purses, scarves and shawls.

Nadya oversees production at her home studio in Bali and makes a few trips to the United States, to sell her line at trunk shows in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta and her hometown of Chicago.

Some shows are held in hotel suites, others are in people’s homes. All take place in a warm and friendly party atmosphere.

Upcoming Trunk Shows:

New York, May 11-13—The Beacon Hotel, 2130 Broadway at 75th St., New York, NY,
(212) 787-1100.

Boston, May 18, 19—Sonia Michelson's home, 94 Park Ave., Newton, MA, (617) 244-8505.  

San Francisco May 22—Margy Boyd's home, 2619 Baker St., San Francisco, CA, (415) 776-5471.

For more information about where to find Nadya’s colorful apparel and a schedule of trunk shows, visit


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This cool-hued over-the-shoulder bag is made with beautiful Balinese ceremonial cloth and finished with sesame seed buttons.

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This semi-cylindrical canvas backpack is finished with blue metallic fabric trimmings and sesame seed buttons.

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