250 guests who are mostly woman were fascinated by a parade of Batik outfits shown
by 20 Thai and Indonesia models along the cat walk of
Batik Fashion Show at Wisma Indonesia (Indonesian Ambassador’s residence) on
May 3rd, 2018. Among the guests were spouses of Ambassadors, business
women, the members of international women’s organizations, Red Cross community,
journalists, and other dignitaries.
Batik Fashion Show was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in
Bangkok, in collaboration with the Indonesian Women Association of the Embassy,
and Yayasan Batik Indonesia (Indonesian Batik Foundation) Jakarta. The Show
featured casual, formal and high-fashion collections of Indonesian designers,
Samara), Nita (Gallery Batik Jawa), Mariana (Parang Kencana), and Gita (Bee).
Fashion Show is also a part of the endless effort by the Embassy of the
Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok in promoting Indonesian culture and tourism as
well as in strengthening people to people contact between Indonesia and
is an inseparable part of Indonesian life. Historically, the Indonesians have been
using Batik since the 12th century, and Batik has been one of
Indonesian strong identities which has been uniting Indonesians’ diverse
ethnicities, religion, and cultures.
patterns and colors, which are diverse as well as unique, reflect symbols of
life and hopes of those who are wearing or using it. Batik’s making and dyeing
process also reflects the quality of workmanship. Meanwhile, the parade of
beautiful Batik outfits with traditional patterns, such as Parang, Truntum, dan
Kawung, as well as with modern motifs, has also proven that Batik outfits are
suitable for international community for various occasions.
“We, Indonesians, are very proud of our
culture, including Batik, so through the fashion show, the Embassy would like
to present Batik as the valuable cultural heritage which has been recognized by
UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 2 October 2009”, said Mrs.
Anita Rusdi, the wife of the Indonesian Ambassador, H.E. Ahmad Rusdi, in her
opening speech of the Fashion Show. Furthermore, the Indonesian Government
designated October 2nd as the National Batik Day.
While enjoying the Fashion Show, the guests also
relished Indonesian dances performed by the students of the Indonesian School
of Bangkok, Kolintang and Angklung musical ensemble by Yayasan Batik Indonesia.
At the end of the program, the guests are invited to savor Indonesian culinary
which are rich and delicious at once.
Most of the guests were extremely impressed not only by
the lovely Fashion Show and attractive dance and music performances, but also
by the delectably various Indonesian dishes. Madame Astrid Amaya, the wife of
Colombian Ambassador, said that the event is indeed beautiful and unique at
once, not only the Batik fashion show, but also all the performances of dance
and music ensemble. Meanwhile, Ms. Kathleen P, former IWC President stated that
she really enjoyed the extravagant and excellent performance, which open the
eyes more on how beautiful Indonesian culture, including Batik, is.
Hopefully through this event, the international community
in Bangkok could know more about Indonesian Batik, dances, music and culinary,
which in turn encourage them to visit Indonesia to directly experince its
culture as well as its natural beauty (Indonesian Embassy)