The Jakarta Post
Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (center) poses with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (left), Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani (second left), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (second right) and Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise (right). (twitter.com/susipudjiastuti/File)
The House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta appeared more vibrant than usual on Friday. Colorful outfits paired with traditional fabrics were worn by attendees of the annual State of the Nation address.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, for instance, opted for a kebaya designed by Didiet Maulana, angkin (fabric worn on top of a stagen or waist sash) made by artists in Yogyakarta and batik fabric in sekar jagat lumintu patterns. She also wore a semyok brooch that originated from Surakarta, Central Java.
Designer Didiet Maulana (left) poses with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (right). (Didiet Maulana/File)
“Her collar was made to be higher to show [her] strong charisma, but it also displays the Indonesian women’s soft character,” wrote Didiet on his Instagram account. He also made the kebaya in a loose silhouette to allow more room for the minister to move.
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani sported an all-red outfit and matched it with her mother, the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, who also came in a red kebaya, Tribunnews.com reported, noting that red is the party’s signature color.
First lady Iriana Joko Widodo (second right) with the Vice President's wife Mufida Kalla (right) leave the Nusantara I building after attending the 2019 State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Jakarta on FRiday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Among the colorful outfits, several guests went for monochromatic looks, such as First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo and Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.
The First Lady wore an off-white dress that was put together with parang tuding batik fabric. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself wore a golden outfit with a black-gold sarong and a West Nusa Tenggara traditional headband.
Susi looked sharp with her smart-casual style in an all-black outfit, starting from her blazer, to her turtleneck and trousers. (wir/wng)