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Fashion Flair: Reinventing Indonesian fabrics for today

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 27 2016   /  11:12 am

Rinda SalmunWords Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak Photos Jerry AdigunaTen young designers flooded the catwalk recently with their interpretations of Indonesian traditional kain (fabric) at FIMELAfest 2016. From the Javanese commoner’s striped lurik to the extravagant beauty of songket from West and South Sumatra, Indonesian cloth was never before presented this way.

Other than batik, which used cotton or silk materials, the traditional fabrics were dominated by examples of handwoven cloth that are rarely seen in modest wear. The designers gave the traditional fabrics a modern and edgy cut that would be fit for fashionable career women of all ages.

The show, titled Cita Nusa Kirana and sponsored by cosmetics manufacturer Pond’s, opened the Festival Fashion Kain Indonesia (Indonesian Fabric Fashion Festival). It was the highlight of the event that also featured shows by top des...