Indonesian Fabrics Dazzle Europeans

A woman makes handprinted batik in Pamekasan, East Java. (Antara Photo/Saiful Bahri)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 3:10 PM August 03, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Fashion & Beauty, Tourism

Jakarta. European audiences have lauded Indonesia's batik and ikat weaving, or tenun ikat, during the "Wastra Indonesia" fashion show in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

More than 300 international guests, including diplomats, batik lovers, fashion observers, textile industry players and artists, attended the event on July 25-26.

The exhibition, devoted to traditionally died indigo batik and famous tenun clothes from Gianyar, Bali, astounded Lara Petrees, a Dutch textile importer.

"I have seen Indonesian designs, they are very beautiful. I want batik or handmade tenun to be worn globally," Lara said, as quoted in a statement by the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday (01/08).

Indonesian Embassy's attaché for education and culture, Bambang Hari, who also founded the event, said the exhibition was meant to introduce to Europeans various types of traditional Indonesian fabrics.

"The richness of Indonesia's textile products is not limited to Yogyakarta's batik, it also encompasses ikat weaving, songket from Padang, and many others. We are introducing these products to the world," Bambang said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya congratulated the event organizers and added that "promoting batik as the country's original fashion will strengthen Indonesia's tourism," Arief said.

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