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‘Ondel-ondel’ reimagined at Milan Design Week

Rieska Wulandari

The Jakarta Post

Milan, Italy  /  Tue, May 7, 2019  /  05:39 pm
‘Ondel-ondel’ reimagined at Milan Design Week

Protector: The Bondel Mondel ornament by Danton Sihombing is inspired by ondel-ondel, the giant Betawi effigies of the spirits believed to protect the Betawi people. (JP/Rieska Wulandari)

An ondel-ondel-inspired evening dress and a modern kebaya kerancang are among Jakarta-themed designs featured at the recent Milan Design Week in Italy. At the hands of Savira Lavinia, ondel-ondel don’t look intimidating at all. The traditional effigies – believed to be protectors of the Betawi people – are her source of inspiration for creating a graceful evening gown and tiara. In a departure from the typically colorful ondel-ondel, Savira chose a dark tone for the dress to represent Jakarta as the capital that never sleeps. Sleepless city: Savira Lavinia’s evening dress takes inspiration from ondel-ondel effigies and the bright nights of Jakarta. (JP/Rieska Wulandari) The dress was one of dozens of Jakarta-inspired pieces showcased in the Indonesian Pavilion at Superdesign Show of the Milan Design Week, running from April 8 to 14 at Superstudio Pi&ugrav...