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Ambassadors' wives don 'kebaya' to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 15, 2019  /  05:36 pm
Ambassadors' wives don 'kebaya' to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day

Yukari Sunaga, spouse of the Japanese ambassador to ASEAN, in a 'kebaya' and batik during Batik for Independence Day at The Sultan Hotel & Residence in Central Jakarta. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Six wives of ambassadors from various countries, including Sabai Win, spouse of the Myanmarese ambassador to ASEAN; Yukari Sunaga, spouse of the Japanese ambassador to ASEAN; and Lenise Barbosa, spouse of the Brazilian ambassador to Indonesia, walked down the runway at Kudus Hall in The Sultan Hotel & Residence, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday.

The event, called Batik for Independence Day, presented the ambassadors’ wives in kebaya (traditional Indonesian blouse) and batik by Alleira Batik.

The event also involved members of the International Women’s Club, such as Kanya Tjandra from Thailand, Mary Ann Wijaya from the Philippines and Kremena Angelova from Bulgaria. Each was also dressed in a kebaya and batik by Alleira Batik, showcasing a variety of styles of the traditional attire.

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As the name implies, the event was held to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day.

The Sultan Hotel marketing communications manager Indira Puliraja told The Jakarta Post, “We collaborated with Alleira Batik as we are both local brands [targeting] the same market. We wish to introduce the archipelago through batik and a fashion show to the spouses of ambassadors, as they are representatives of their countries in Indonesia.” (wng)