The Jakarta Post
The third runner-up of Putri Indonesia 2017 Dea Goesti Rizkita wore the national costume at Miss Grand International 2017. (Shutterstock/File)
Indonesia has been named the winner in the Best National Costume category at the Miss Grand International 2017 grand final on Wednesday in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.
The national costume was worn by the third runner-up of Putri Indonesia 2017, Dea Goesti Rizkita.
On her Instagram account, Dea said she was dedicating the costume to the country.
26.10.17 This is about my dazzling country Indonesia. My motherland, place i've born and raise. I dedicated this for you, my Indonesia. Our Indonesia. A country i've been proud of. Our country that has been giving so many things to us from the deep down ocean inside; the richness of the land; until the clearest sky above that makes the diverse people are very friendly, humble, living happily to preserve its tradition & culture, proudly, and peacefully in unity under the same Red and White. My beloved country has bless me to bring the message of peace & unity in diversity of Indonesia to the world 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩 @officialputeriindonesia @mayaratihcouture @morphaciobodyart we did it again! Love, your Dea ❤ #indonesia
Designed by Morpachio and couture fashion designer Mayaratih, the 27-kilogram blue-and-gold attire was themed Motherland and presented Indonesia as a maritime country, reported tempo.co.
The design was also said to incorporate the country's principles by including five blue crystals on a circular ornament to represent Pancasila.
Meanwhile, the headpiece featured three blue crystals and five yellow crystals. The former was said to represent body, soul and spirit, while the latter represented the youth as the nation’s future.
Prior to the announcement, American fashion designer Nick Verreos showed his admiration for the costume, saying that of late the country’s representatives had seriously upped their Costume Couture game. (jes/kes)