Ambassador´s speech at the Inauguration of the Exhibition ´Indonesia, Arte y Ritual´, 16 May 2013 at the Cultural Center Inca Garcilaso


Director of Cultural Center of Inca Garcilaso,
Ambassador Fernando Luis Carballo Rey
Ambassador Juan Alvarez Vita
Excellencies, congressmen, ladies and gentlemen
First of all, I would like to thank all you for attending the inauguration of the Indonesia, Arte and Ritual, in this prestigious Cultural Center of Inca Garcilaso.
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of a number of people to whom I would like to thank to.
To the Director of Cultural Center of Inca Garcilaso, Ambassador Fernando Luis Carballo Rey, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your cooperation and also for giving us the idea for the title of this exhibition.
To the Director General of Cultural Affairs, Ambassador Jose Alberto Carrion Tejada,
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your support.
To Ambassador Juan Alvarez Vita, for his love for Indonesia and his unconditional support, permitting us to borrow his valuable collection. I must say that this exhibition would not have been completed without his valuable collections.
To the Director of Cultural Patrimony, Ministro Jorge Alejandro Raffo Carbajal, I would like to thank you for your attentive collaboration since the first time we made the coordination.
To the curator, Gredna Landolt, who has worked very hard to prepare every detail of the exhibition.
To our colleagues from Indonesia, Ms. Alfonsa Horeng and Mr. Yacob Bullan, I really appreciate your presence tonight and your collaboration promoting the Indonesian culture especially from the culture of Flores, the province of East Nusa Tenggara.
Their supports and also the supports of a number of people whom I could not mention one by one are very meaningful to us.
Ladies and gentlemen,
What you will observe today only represents some parts of our culture. Similar to Peru, Indonesia is also a multicultural country. We are a country with 240  million of people who are divided into more than 300 ethnical groups and speak more than 300 hundred language. Similar to Peru, the multiculturality becomes our strength. As our national motto said, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means we are diverse but we are one.
Today, you will witness some representative items from several regions, from Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and Papua. 
I want to inform you as well that tomorrow, there will be a presentation about Tenun Ikat Flores and the musical instrument of Sasando, from 4-6 pm. Ms. Alfonsa Horeng, an expert of Tenun Ikat Flores and Mr. Yacob Bullan, a Sasando player will be sharing their knowledge to all of you. And tonight, we also will be witnessing the beauty of Sasando, a musical instrument which is made from bamboo and palm leaves, which only exist in the island of Timor.  
Tenun Ikat Flores (Tejido Ikat de Flores) is one of the textile varieties that we have in Indonesia. It has many functions, not only as a piece of cloth that is worn during traditional ceremonies, but also as the symbols of identities of one particular ethnical group and in some cases it also has the function as the barter tool. The motifs also vary and express the local wisdom such as the respect to nature and to the ancestors.  
One interesting point about Tenun Ikat that I want to share is that both countries, Indonesia and Peru, have the weaving culture and almost the same method, interms of the motifs, colors and the way the textile is made. I let the historical expert to find the missing link of how both countries could have the same culture and most probably share the similar design.  
Ladies and gentlemen,
I, myself, have not had the chance to visit every corner of my country and witness so many interesting aspect of our culture. I personally envy Ambassador Juan Alvarez Vita who travelled a lot during his mission in Indonesia and encountered the richness of our culture. He said to me once that he visited almost all of the provinces in Indonesia. Ambassador, I think, every Indonesian should learn from your undying cultural passion.
I want to share this passion with all of you and hope that after today, your knowledge about Indonesia will be enriched. 
I thank you for your attention.