our philosophy

What is precious to Nusantara

our story

A celebration of diversity

Inspired by the romantic imagery of far-off lands bathed in tropical warmth and sultry settings, Nusantara Collection embraces the exotic with its name and concept.

Our fashion, lifestyle, gift & art choices are a celebration of diversity… a re-discovery of the rich handcrafting traditions of the southeast asian region of Nusantara.

NUSANTARA

noo-suhn-tahr-rah

 

The word Nusantara is rooted in Old Javanese, and means “archipelago”—from NŪSA “island” + ANTARA “within”.  It is also said to originate from DVIPANTARA, which is 13th century Sanskrit for “islands in between”.

1855 Colton Map of the East Indies

1855 Colton Map of the East Indies covering most of the Nusantara region

From ancient times to modern day, the concept of Nusantara has shifted to suit different historical and geopolitical contexts. Nusantara covers the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and expands to Madagascar, the Christmas Islands and the Hawaiian islands.

Geographical extensions notwithstanding, the idea of Nusantara encompasses the extensive regional history where traders ply the route from the days of yore, bearing goods and religious exchanges.

From the looming Buddhist & Hindu homage in Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Jogjakarta’s Borobudor to the delicate potpourri of Chinese, Indian & Islamic elements found in the arts and cuisine—together with Portuguese, Dutch, English, Spanish, French & American influences—Nusantara is perceived as a region enriched by her global marriage and subsequently bears this in her embrace of life.

Suffused by these diverse elements, Nusantara Collection seeks to showcase our anthology of contemporary pieces distinctive of the region, our gateway awaiting the world’s embrace.

our mission

  • To source, nurture and develop artisans in southeast asia.

  • To showcase Nusantara’s centuries-old handcrafting traditions.

our team

A community of kindred spirits

 

Shoi-Yean Mak

Nusantara Collection — Curator

It’s My Life Magazine — Editor

 

Shoi is a professional designer and an experienced project manager. She has been marketing on the internet for two decades.

In the mid-1980s, Shoi was an admin assistant in the BBC UK’s Politics & Current Affairs News Room. She then moved on to manage a London-based fashion house, coordinating their businesses worldwide—from manufacturing in China to retail outlets all across Europe and the US. When she returned to Malaysia in the ’90s, she also ran her own interior design company before starting EMasters with Raymond Siew in 2002.

She currently heads Design by Shoi, a web & graphic design boutique. Design by Shoi has been offering custom-tailored design solutions to small & micro businesses and solopreneurs in the US & Canada since 2002. Her forte is designing elegant websites, online stores & visual branding.

 

Explore Shoi’s suite of design packages and web services…

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When she’s not designing, Shoi indulges in her passions: fashion, movies, books, pretty things, her cat Angel, her son Mark. She loves an evening out with good company, good conversation & good food—preferably all at the same time.

 

Raymond Siew

Nusantara Collection — Business Development | Co-Founder

It’s My Life Magazine — Business Development

 

Raymond’s entrepreneurial knowledge and insights are distilled from his 21-year exposure in the corporate arena and hands-on experience as a dealmaker in both local and foreign corporate environments, which include Fortune 500 as well as public-listed companies.

Raymond graduated from City & East London College in Optics and worked for Dollond & Aitchison (UK), the largest optical house in Europe with over 600 branches in the UK; he also worked in For Eyes, the fastest-growing optical chain in the UK during the late 80’s and also the first optical house to go for public listing. Shortly after returning to Malaysia in the 1990’s, Raymond shifted focus from the optical industry and he started his own Construction and Interior Design company.

In 1997, Raymond was Corporate Projects Director of a multinational development company with projects in Australia, China, Laos, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. His portfolio covered the group’s construction subsidiaries in Malaysia with the brief to coordinate with key personnel to identify and negotiate corporate level contracts in Malaysia.

Raymond started EMasters with Shoi in 2002 and successfully turned EMasters into a profitable company in 2007. He is currently responsible for the development of EMasters and its suite of services.

 

View EMasters’ suite of services for micro & small online business owners…

visit emasters.info

Raymond also writes articles in his blog, “On The Road Less Traveled”…

visit raymond’s blog

 

Raymond was also the Mind Coach (non-technical) for the Malaysian Chess Team. However, Raymond’s favorite game remains bridge.