31 August 2012

New shoe sizes for Marapulai

If you already looked into our Marapulai online shop and like to have a pair Marapulai shoes, but you missed the small shoe sizes like 37 or big sizes like 47... then we have news for you now!

Here you can see, that we are right now working on the shoe lasts for more shoe sizes. The shoe lasts are made of wood and plastic. Let´s see in the next weeks, which shoe prototypes we made with this shapes.

28 August 2012

Monday Urban Moments - Indonesian Food

The Indonesian cuisine is one of the varied and best of the world. Here are a few pics of our meals, when we were in Indonesia.  The first menu is „Bakso“, a soup with meat or fish balls. As dessert Ilham eats "es campur" (Indonesian for "mixed ice"), which is the traditional ice and an alternative to modern ice cream. 
In the right picture you see a mixed menu with “ayam goreng” (fried chicken) with “tempeh” (a traditional fried soybean product), also „tahu“, a fried Tofu and „lontong“, rice steamed in banana leaves. Like you can see there are a spoon and a fork, that´s how an Indonesian meal commonly is eaten.

You are wondering, why there is something pink on the plate? Yes, it is pink “krupuk” a special kind of shrimp crackers. The egg is topped with „sambal“, a hot chili-based saucewith garlic and onions.  Last but not least there is „mie goreng“, Indonesian for fried noodles with „ayam goreng” (fried chicken) and as a drink a lemon ice tea.

And that´s how happy you can be to eat the real indonesian food after a long time in germany. :-) Ilham is eating "nasi timbel" served on bamboo leaves. I´m drinking a "jus jeruk", a fresh orange juice. Almost every day I tried an other fresh juice. Fruit juices are very popular, there are so many, like guava (jus jambu), mango (jus mangga), soursop (jus sirsak), pineapple (jus nanas) and so much more. 

It is so delicious! Try to cook it!

Bon appetite!
Selamat makan!

21 August 2012

Monday Urban Moments - Transportation

When you are on the way through Jakarta, you see really weird and funny transportation variations. Here in Germany you think, you always need a car for transporting a washing machine?! No you don´t, but if you try this in Germany, I think you have to pay.

In Indonesia, no one says, it is impossible to carry anything on a motorcycle.

And for animals of course you need a bigger vehicle. A pick up car is enough, just like you can see here a cow and three buffaloes.  Just watch and enjoy!

17 August 2012

More equipment for Marapulai manufactory

More equipment...  To emboss our brand logo into the leather, we have bought a second hand embossing machine for our manufactory. The embossing dies are made of brass, because it is very durable and the contours are very clean.

Marapulai embossing equipment. Photos by Marapulai

Here you can see some pictures of our embossing machine, the embossing dies and an embossing example on leather. Now we can start with the manufacture of new hand-made shoe prototypes and the matching Marapulai logo embossed in leather.

14 August 2012

Monday Urban Moments - Highcycling

We want to show you more about the place, where Ilham comes from and where Marapulai´s second foothold is, so we now just start the series "Monday - Urban Moments". Ilham is currently there for three months and is giving us a few impressions of the streets of Indonesia.

highcycler in Jakarta, Indonesia
A highcycler in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Marapulai.

It´s a high cycler in the middle of Jakarta. Unbelievable! 
Ilham was talking to him. The guy is an a high cycle club and 
they made the cycles by themselves.

03 August 2012

Marapulai will be in Dawanda Lovebook Winter 12/13

There are good news to tell. In the last week we were asked to present our Marapulai shoes in the Dawanda Press book "Dawanda Lovebook Winter 12/13". And we are so happy to have the opportunity to be on board. More information will be given, when it´s finished.

Cover Dawanda Lovebook 12/13 by Helke from Hellicopter
Cover for Dawanda Lovebook Winter 12/13 by Hellicopter

Here is the future cover for Winter 12/13 made by Helke of Hellicopter. She won at the Dawanda lovebook cover competition. And we think it´s a great picture! We are so curious about the new one!

The last "Dawanda Lovebook Summer 2012" you can download on the Dawanda press portal. Just keep your eyes open for upcoming news.

Dawanda Lovebook Summer 2012
Cover of Dawanda Lovebook Summer 2012