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Dubai, another gateway for Indonesian fashion to the world
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod April 20, 2017
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SHARJAH: Indonesia is taking another route to the international fashion scene through its first-time participation at the “Modern Woman Show 2017” held in Dubai from Apr.20 – 22.

Top fashion designer Harry Ibrahim, who has raved the catwalk of the Hong Kong Fashion Week several times over and young talented designer Susan Zhuang, whose collections have been paraded in Singapore twice as once also at the Hong Kong Fashion Week, join others from the UAE, Jordan, India and Saudi Arabia at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre-Dubai (INDOTPCDXB) director Gusmalinda Sari said the participation is to show how “Indonesian fashion is “multi-cultural, unique and in accordance with the luxurious and elegant taste of the region and specifically the UAE.”

She added: “Modern Woman Show 2017 is a step forward for the Indonesian fashion industry and an opportunity for industry players to penetrate international markets.”

Ibrahim through an email interview said: “Well, Indonesia is rich with its culture having been influenced by the Arabian, Chinese and the Melanesian, including its colonial master, The Netherlands.”

“These are the main (factors) that create Indonesian fashion nowadays; lots of motifs, textiles such as the batik and silhouettes,” the 46-year-old said.

Zhuang who, like Ibrahim, appreciates the support Jakarta gives its fashion designers, expressed excitement: “We always look forward to every international fashion event especially so that our government backs us up. We want the world to know of our multi-cultural fabrics with the handmade details carrying the modern look.”

The 38-year-old believes Indonesian fashion will reign beyond 2017 because of the country’s 300 ethnic groups with their very own traditional dress variations which every greenhorn or well-established designer props up and makes adaptable to the dictates of the fashion trends.

Ibrahim acknowledged Jakarta’s efforts in promoting the country’s micro-small-medium enterprises which until these modern times are bent on continuing the production of traditional textiles.

He is known for his wedding collection, expertise in harmonising patterns and unique designs that highlight the identity and personality of every woman.

Zhuang is praised for her embroideries and beadings.

INDOTPCDXB 2016 data revealed Indonesian exports to the world and the UAE were at $144,43 billion and $1,6 billion respectively.

Indonesian jewellery was the number one export to the UAE in 2016. Indonesian fashion namely suits, dresses, skirts, and trousers among others ranked sixth.
 

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