The students were engage in extensive research into other airline uniforms and into elements of the Malaysian Culture that could be incorporated in the new design. They came out with 40 concepts that were exhibited and judged only to narrow down the selection to two, and with the combination and refinement of the two that ready to present the design.
Although the uniforms are not printed in traditional batik, the wax resist method, the patterns are evidently batik inspired, with its highly embellished feminine flourishes.
Not surprisingly, the kelarai motif, a bamboo weave pattern, is present and appears in the background, in subdued hues of the basic uniform colour. This is an extension of the gold design that appears on the mustard uniform jacket of the male cabin crew. Supreme posed on the kelerai is a blithe dance of exotic flowers: a highly stylized composition of local flora such as the hibiscus, the national flower. The geometric motifs of Sarawakian influence prevail in the border areas that traverse the front of the kebaya top. The edges of the sleeves and the sarung.
Meanwhile the Fatimah a textile graduated from Bradford, Yorks, UK with a Master from Syracuse, woked work with her students in selecting the appropriate fabric for the kebaya.