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Indonesian Ikat, 2010 Fashion Hit

January 26, 2010

Tribal style is in for this Spring/Summer 2010, and “ikat” is apparently one of the trends many designers have applied to their collection.

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Dries van Noten

ikat |ˈēkät|
noun

fabric made using an Indonesian decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving.

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Also, Yvan Rodic,  a Swedish traveler slash street fashion photographer known for his famous street fashion blog from all over the world: Face Hunter, has made it published that Indonesians (he’s visited Jakarta and Bandung last 2009 to hunt the street styles here) have got a sense of fashion that is not only edgy and unique, but also rich of culture and definitely avowed in the fashion world internationally.

Indonesia Will Be Wearing Our Beautiful Batik Tomorrow

October 1, 2009

UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)`s list describes Indonesian Batik as: The techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end: infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik.

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We still have plenty of works to do, plenty of national cultural heritage to be authenticated. But for now, I’m just so excited about tomorrow’s batik day (2 October 2009). People will be wearing batik to work, school, universities, and at home (well, I always wear batik at home anyway :D).

“Batik is regarded as a cultural icon with its own uniqueness. It contains symbols and deep philosophy of the human life cycle –and it was submitted by Indonesia as a non-material element of cultural heritage,” Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie told a press conference on Monday.

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Batik (and its traditional patterns) can also be found in Malaysia, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Singapore. But Indonesia’s batik is specified by the use of canting in the making of it.

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Unlike in other countries, Indonesia is particularly very proud of its batik which is considered as formal dress in official functions. 
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More good news for people in Jakarta wearing batik!

In the spirit of supporting Jakarta residents who wear Batik on October 2, the Jakarta city government would give special discounts to those entering recreation centers in the city.

“Museums run by the Jakarta regional government will give free tickets in the period October 3-7, 2009 only for those who wear Batik,” chief of Jakarta city`s culture and tourism office, Arie Budhiman, said.

Among the museums to give free tickets are the Jakarta History Museum, Ceramic and Art Museum, Maritime Museum, Joeang Museum, MH Thamrin Museum and Textile Museum.

On October 5, Ragunan Zoo would give free tickets only to those who come wearing batik dress. On the same day, Ancol recreation park will give a 50-percent discount on tickets at its main gates, Atlantis and Gelanggang Samudera park. Dunia Fantasi would also give a 40-percent discount on the same day.

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Also: get discount & privileges by wearing your batik 2nd of October 2009 from COLD STONE, COSI, The Muffin House, Mangkok Putih, My Hanoi Villa, SING! N Free slider Only @ fX lifestyle X’center.

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Despite next week’s batik fiesta, for sure we still remember our beloved family, friends and relatives in Padang who were victimized by yesterday’s earthquake.

http://www.facebook.com/indonesiaunite?ref=ts

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More about batik:

http://www.batiktambal.com/indonesiaabout.html

http://java.eyelid.co.uk/batik.html

http://www.expat.or.id/info/cantingbatiktool.html

The Beautiful Belitung Island, Indonesia

July 16, 2009

The first time my sister proposed the idea to visit Belitung Island, I was a little bit confused. Having planned for ages to visit Lombok or Padang (none of which were realized since 2007), I can’t help but doubt, is Belitung really that “cool”? So we looked up for pictures of Belitung and found out that it does have the most breathtaking beaches, with amazing granite rocks that you will not find elsewhere. So visit Belitung it is :D

Then my sis browsed some informations via Mr. Google, and found this very useful website that informs about traveling to Belitung. The guy’s name is Heru and we immediately contacted him to book our “weekend getaway”. Later on, surprisingly, some of my friends were excited to join us, so we extend the schedule into a 2 night stay.

Tanjung Tinggi Beach

The fee for the tour is quite expensive for a 2 night vacation (plane tickets excluded ~1.300.000 IDR; the fee for one way plane tickets vary from 300.000 – 750.000 IDR, depending on when you book them — search for Batavia or Sriwijaya Air), but it is worth it because you WILL need full service from the tour agent. They don’t have public transportations in Belitung, so backpacking without any travel reservations would be just a way to sacrifice your life to nature’s will.

People in Belitung are very nice and friendly. Some are overtly excited to see tourists visiting their homeland, the kids literally ran to us and asked to be photographed when we arrived at Tanjung Tinggi Beach on a shiny Saturday. They even sneak around (in groups or individuals) to at least get shot by our camera while we’re taking pictures! :lol: This is because Belitung has not yet published themselves as one of the main travel destinations in Indonesia, unlike Bali. So the land is unspoiled, the people are unspoiled, and you better leave it exactly the same after you visit it.

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One thing I learned from the Belitungese is, they always give more than we expect. Except for the hotel service where geckos run wild (they have outdoor bathrooms, which is a total nightmare for me), I was more than satisfied with every little service they had to offer. For example, one night the idea of sitting at the beach to celebrate our last night in Belitung just popped out of nowhere. So we impulsively stopped the car and Mas Heru the tour guide asked at some random people we met, asking for torches. To our surprise, he easily got two torches from those people. Just like that, for free. Which leaves us somewhat perplexed: Who are those people? How could they be prepared with free torches just when we needed them? 

wonderful night at the beachSo on our last night we just sat there at the beach, my crazy friend stole the bedcover from our hotel room so we can sleep there comfortably. Laying there enjoying the breeze and watching the incredible night sky, it just felt so surreal! I insisted to try taking pictures of the night sky, but to do so, we will need a big fat telescope, so I got over that thought and decided to just enjoy it in silence instead. And something happened for the very first time in my 23 years of being alive: a meteor crossed and I saw it with my bare eyes! At that time, everything just felt so magical I wanted to freeze and stop the moment to make it last longer. After some Astronomy lectures (it turned out that Mas Heru has a degree in Physics, and was eager to tell us all about the constellations up above), and of course some series of picture taking, we took off and went back to the hotel (the Lor In resort is located just across the beach).

Some highlights of the trip (ooh I love making these):

1. Since the airplanes that fly from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan (the capital of Belitung) are small airlines, be prepared for an uncomfortable bumpy ride. The plane will dance around the sky before it lands and when it finally does land, it bounces. Not so funny when you’re already scared of flying in the first place, and even worse for the others: use gloves so they won’t scratch and injure your arms :lol:

2. The temperature in Belitung is hotter than Bali, or Jakarta. The sunlight is so immense that you will get perfectly tanned skin in only 10 minutes of sunbathing. But at night, the temperature is quite cold.

3. Fishes actually jump around while our boat was passing by, it was very entertaining to watch them.

4. The animals are just as friendly as the people. Geckos, cats, cockroaches, they don’t run when you shoo them away. Instead, they will come closer, curious and excited to get to know you.

5. If you are not interested in blending with the local people, try your best not to visit during school holidays. Hey, it’s their homeland and they’ll play around if they want to :D

6. Dark clouds and rains come and go so easily across the island, so you will want to have backup plans in case the weather changes all of a sudden. Or do it our way: don’t make plans at all! It worked perfectly for us hehe…

7. You have to try their foods, they’re all so YUMMY: cah kangkung, gangan (it’s a curry of fish heads), mie kuah (i think they only have this in town), and of course the seafood. Allergic to them? Then bring your anti-allergy medicine already!

8. As a wise traveler, ALWAYS find complete informations before departing to your travel destination.

9. And again, as a wise traveler, ALWAYS prepare cameras to capture all the precious moments that occur in paradise.

some pictures of Belitung Island on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuvinta/sets/72157619051043571/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ytse-jam/sets/72157601538474316/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhanif/sets/72157608706225104/

Angklung, the beautiful Indonesian musical instrument

November 17, 2007

 

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Angklung is one of Indonesian traditional musical instruments. Honestly, I don’t know how to play this instrument (just like I can’t play ANY musical instruments :p). But I have seen angklung played live in front of my eyes and the uniqueness and beauty of its sound really amazes me.

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Lately there have been debates about where Angklung originates from. There are even questions, “Angklung, to whom does it belong?” due to some claims made by Malaysia that this instrument belongs to them. But without a doubt, I know it originates from Indonesia, to be precise, West Java, Indonesia, since 400 years ago.

One of Indonesian angklung artists had proudly established that the

musical instrument belongs to Indonesia.

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Sunday, 11 November 2007, Ika
Widyaningsih
performed in “Malam Budaya Indonesia” (Indonesian Culture
Night) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Malaysia is on their mission to
patent angklung as theirs. But that night, Ika and the other angklung
players from Saung Angklung Mang Udjo teached the Malaysian (and
Indonesian) audience how to play angklung the right way. Ika and her
team awed them with their beautiful music of angklung, one of
thousands of Indonesian traditional cultures. That occasion had two meanings for Indonesia. Other than to maintain Indonesia’s friendship with Malaysia, the most closely related neighbouring country, it was also meant to remind Malaysia on the values and ethics of “brotherly relationships”. source: Kompas Community.

That’s one smart and brilliant step made by Ika, very inspiring indeed. Hopefully more and more Indonesian artists introduce more and more of our cultures internationally (and maybe I should start learning some myself! :D)

The Beautiful Indonesian Batik

November 17, 2007

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Indonesian Batik.
(image copied from here )

 

As far as I know, Batik belongs to Indonesia.  The word originates from Javanese word “amba”, meaning ”to write” and the Javanese word for dot or point, “titik.”

Batik is also well known in our neighbouring countries, but I have seen some of their batiks, and I’m proud to say, they are nothing compared to ours :)

Indonesian Batik have so many variations. The Javanese and Balinese Batik, for example, have some difference:

Balinese batik:

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(pic taken from here)

more samples of Javanese and Balinese Batik here

can’t get enough of Indonesian Batik? Need more info about Indonesian Batik? Or wanna shop for Indonesian Batik? click here and here

 As for me, I am proud to have batik as my daily wear. Although it’s “only” in the form of “daster” (dresses that we wear to sleep), I do admire the amazing motifs and patterns (and the comfort) of my dasters.

And I am proud to say, “yes, everyday I wear my beautiful Indonesian Batik!”

The Beautiful Indonesian Kebaya

November 17, 2007

So we all know that Kebaya is one of Indonesia’s national costumes. One of Indonesia’s top fashion designers, Anne Avantie, has evolved what the traditional kebaya looks like into an amazing extravagant clothing known internationally. She creatively combined the conventional look of kebaya with a young, fresh, and fashionable style, making kebaya one of the most wanted clothes among Indonesian women.

Here’s some pictures of her designs during Asia Fashion week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

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For her other collections, see here (the pictures are copyrighted). Seriously they’re so luxurious and amazing, I’m lost for words.

So, thanks to Anne Avantie, one of our cultures have become a worldwide hit and today’s Indonesian youngsters have become more proud and aware of their national heritage.