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MUFFEST showcases diversity of Indonesian Muslims

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, May 3, 2019  /  06:00 pm
MUFFEST showcases diversity of Indonesian Muslims

Bold and beautiful: Models present designs by Lisa Fitria at the fourth Muslim Fashion Festival (MUFFEST) in Jakarta. The festival runs until Saturday. (Courtesy of MUFFEST/-)

Muslim fashion is not just shapeless swathes of black fabric that shrouds the body from prying eyes as envisioned by many. The fourth Muslim Fashion Festival (MUFFEST) shows Indonesians are as diverse as they can be. The four-day festival shows that the main trends of Muslim fashion in Indonesia can be largely divided into three camps – the hyper-feminine with soft pastels and embellishments, the ultra-sleek urban cuts with East Asian influences and the classic silhouettes with traditional textiles. Irma Intan’s lavender ensembles are feminine, with loose silhouettes for that Syar’i compliance, which comes as a surprise, when several of the looks are accessorized with leather straps and studs, reminiscent of punk sensibilities or a leather daddy at the Folsom Street Fair. An interesting contrast, with one decidedly Syar’i look embellished with studs all o...