After 1910, Like their Indo-European counterparts, Peranakan entrepreneurs often adorned a piece of batik cloth with beautifully hand drawn “buketan” pattern. Flowers used in buketan, originated from the word bouquet, were usually Chinese auspicious flowers.
Therefore, to truly see the beauty of a batik, one need to understand the meaning behind the batik’s motif. In the Chinese philosophy, Mù lán or Magnolia flower is believed to symbolize the beauty and elegance of a woman. Inspired by the flower from the “Magnolia Champaca” plant, Peranakan batik entrepreneurs such as Liem Giok Kwie of Kedoengwoeni successfully integrated this traditional chinese philosophy into a buketan pattern known as “Cempaka Mulya”. In the early 20th century, batik with this pattern was worn by the mothers of the bride and groom at a Peranakan Chinese wedding to express wishes for wisdom and long life.