His love for fashion as a lifestyle makes Edward Hutabarat one of the best batik designers in the nation. After spending some time delving into kebaya making, now he has spent 40 years focusing on creating batik. Edo, such is his nickname among his closest ones, has also done plenty of batik-related researches to many parts of Indonesia while saving the nearly-abandoned cultural heritage of secluded places. In his works, batik is more than just the accents of the clothing. Instead, he uses batik in its entirety and transforms it using modern silhouettes. Edo believes that the perfect kind of clothing for the constantly hot Indonesian climate is the type that uses cotton and has a simple design.