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Young local designer experiments with burlap in latest collection

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, April 21, 2017 | 03:36 pm
  • The founder and creative director of the House of PH, a label established in 2013, Pratiwi Harsetiani, is among the designers participating in Senayan City Fashion Nation 2017.

    The founder and creative director of the House of PH, a label established in 2013, Pratiwi Harsetiani, is among the designers participating in Senayan City Fashion Nation 2017. OF House of PH/File

    The founder and creative director of the House of PH, a label established in 2013, Pratiwi Harsetiani, is among the designers participating in Senayan City Fashion Nation 2017.

  • During the event, Pratiwi presents her newest collection dubbed "Tropical Immersion", which she considered her "most honest so far".

    During the event, Pratiwi presents her newest collection dubbed "Tropical Immersion", which she considered her "most honest so far". OF House of PH/File

    During the event, Pratiwi presents her newest collection dubbed "Tropical Immersion", which she considered her "most honest so far".

  • The collection combines heavy and light materials.

    The collection combines heavy and light materials. OF House of PH/File

    The collection combines heavy and light materials.

  • The design also highlights eight earth-colored ready-to-wear pieces.

    The design also highlights eight earth-colored ready-to-wear pieces. OF House of PH/File

    The design also highlights eight earth-colored ready-to-wear pieces.

  • It is also said to "embody a depraved concept of the life in the jungle".

    It is also said to "embody a depraved concept of the life in the jungle". OF House of PH/File

    It is also said to "embody a depraved concept of the life in the jungle".

  • The collection was created within the span of one and a half months and mostly with no patterns.

    The collection was created within the span of one and a half months and mostly with no patterns. OF House of PH/File

    The collection was created within the span of one and a half months and mostly with no patterns.

  • Tropical Immersion is designed to be an earth-friendly collection.

    Tropical Immersion is designed to be an earth-friendly collection. OF House of PH/File

    Tropical Immersion is designed to be an earth-friendly collection.

  • Pratiwi said that she chose to use burlap because the character and the texture of the fabric represent the image of jungle that she wanted to show in the collection.

    Pratiwi said that she chose to use burlap because the character and the texture of the fabric represent the image of jungle that she wanted to show in the collection. OF House of PH/File

    Pratiwi said that she chose to use burlap because the character and the texture of the fabric represent the image of jungle that she wanted to show in the collection.

  • The original collection presented in Fashion Nation is currently not for sale, but customers can order clothes with reference to the designs in the collection.

    The original collection presented in Fashion Nation is currently not for sale, but customers can order clothes with reference to the designs in the collection. OF House of PH/File

    The original collection presented in Fashion Nation is currently not for sale, but customers can order clothes with reference to the designs in the collection.

  • Every order will be custom-based. Customers may ask to have their clothes created with the original materials, or with other materials according to their preference.

    Every order will be custom-based. Customers may ask to have their clothes created with the original materials, or with other materials according to their preference. OF House of PH/File

    Every order will be custom-based. Customers may ask to have their clothes created with the original materials, or with other materials according to their preference.

  • Price of clothes in the collection starts from Rp 1.4 million (US$105).

    Price of clothes in the collection starts from Rp 1.4 million (US$105). OF House of PH/File

    Price of clothes in the collection starts from Rp 1.4 million (US$105).

  • Pratiwi named the collection her "most honest so far".

    Pratiwi named the collection her "most honest so far". OF House of PH/File

    Pratiwi named the collection her "most honest so far".

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For 23-year-old designer Pratiwi Harsetiani, creating a collection with burlap, a fabric more often found in sacks than in clothes, is risky, but she believes that by using the correct method the fabric could offer a "breath of fresh air" to the fashion industry.

The founder and creative director of the House of PH, a label established in 2013, was among the designers participating in Senayan City Fashion Nation 2017, an annual event held from April 6 to 16 at the Senayan City shopping mall in South Jakarta that highlighted works by local designers.

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During the event, Pratiwi presented her newest collection dubbed "Tropical Immersion", which she considered her "most honest so far". "I follow my sense of intuition in order to achieve what I want to express," she said.

Said to be a collection that "embodies a depraved concept of the life in the jungle", it included eight earth-colored ready-to-wear pieces with draping accents. The clothes were created by mixing heavy and light elements, utilizing heavy burlap, medium-weight pleats and lightweight textured tulle, all hand-sewn on mannequins by Pratiwi herself.

The collection was created within one and a half months and mostly without any patterns, she added.

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Pratiwi explained that she chose to use burlap because the fabric's earth-friendly character and texture represent the image of the jungle that she wanted to highlight. "When consumers feel that these clothes are 'out of date' or damaged, they can recycle them for other purposes, such as [turning them into] industrial wiping cloths," she told The Jakarta Post.

The original collection presented in Fashion Nation is currently not for sale, but fashionistas can order the clothes with reference to the designs in the collection. Pratiwi said that as the clothes would be hand-sewn, there would be no similar design and that there would be different drapes in each production. “But it will still be in the same silhouette outline."

She added that as each order would be custom-based, customers might ask to have their clothes created using the original materials or with other materials according to their preference.

The price of clothes in the collection starts from Rp 1.4 million (US$105). (kes)

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