The Jakarta Post
Ikat Indonesia co-founder and designer Didiet Maulana (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Ikat Indonesia co-founder and designer Didiet Maulana unveiled on Monday his design for the new uniforms of Bank Central Asia (BCA), Indonesia's largest private bank.
Kompas.com reported that Didiet used 45,000 meters of tenun troso, a traditional textile from Troso village in Jepara, Central Java, to create 81,000 BCA uniforms. Producing the new uniforms took around six months and involved 2,500 craftsmen from 500 workshops.
Didiet said he spent two years in creating the uniforms, from research to production.
He said that research was necessary to understand BCA's needs for incorporating into the design.
BCA chose the clove as the motif for the new uniforms. Didiet then combined it with other traditional motifs and used a mirroring technique to tie the motifs together and illustrate the unity in the company's diversity.
Didiet also said that the fabric for the uniforms was handmade and used natural dyes, and expressed his hope that the bank's employees would feel proud wearing them.
BCA president director Jahja Setiaatmadja echoed Didiet, saying he hoped that Indonesian textiles would be recognized internationally as a cultural heritage. (jes/kes)