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By Nita Darsono (@nitchii)     27 Jan 2017

Inside Indonesia’s chaotic city, illustrator Nita Darsono paints us a pretty picture of the old Arab quarter, Kampung Arab

Most visitors to the East Javan capital of Surabaya soon escape to the hills for the peaceful national parks and stunning mountain views.

But despite its reputation as a fast-paced, business-minded sprawl, there are pockets of local life in this colonial port city that are well worth uncovering.

Illustrator Nita Darsono takes her watercolors and her sketchpad to the ancient Arab quarter of Kampung Arab to capture its maze of alleyways, vibrant Middle Eastern architecture, buzzing markets and street food stalls.

Let her brush strokes be your guide on your next visit.



ampel suci





house with plant






seen everywhere


seen everywhere

Illustrations: Nita Darsono

Nita Darsono
Nita Darsono (@nitchii)

Going by the pen name Nitchii, Nita was born in Jakarta and currently lives in Surabaya. Starting as a graphic designer, Nitchii discovered her heart lay in illustrating. Her work reflects her daily routine as well as her random thoughts—although sometimes it merely shows her favorite quotes, books and movies. Her illustrations have been exhibited in several cities in Indonesia and been published in books, magazine and on merchandise.

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