‘TENUN: HANDWOVEN TEXTILES OF INDONESIA’ Fashion Show for the Spring Cultural Event in Ambassador's Residence, Tokyo


Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo and Cita Tenun Indonesia will hold a Spring Cultural Event, presenting: ‘Tenun, Handwoven Textiles of Indonesia’ on 15 May 2012 in the Ambassador’s Residence in Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku. The event will showcase the wonderful work of two Indonesia’s prominent couture designers: Sebastian Gunawan and Priyo Oktaviano, on a fashion show runway.

The Embassy is proud to be hosting the honorary guests at the event: Her Excellency Madame Noda Hitomi, Madame Gemba Makiko, Madame Fukuda Kiyoko, and Madame Komura Haruko. Cita Tenun Indonesia (CTI), headed by Madame Okke Hatta Rajasa, is an organization committed to preserve, develop, and promote ‘Tenun’, a heritage of Indonesia.

On the runway, Priyo will bring his bright and trendy collection from Balinese Tenun, while Seba (Sebastian’s nickname) will show his detailing craftsmanship on Garut (West Java) Tenun, complete with the kids’ collections. After the fashion show, the guests are welcomed to see the Tenun exhibition, which will feature special collection of Her Excellency Madame Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, as well as CTI collection of Tenun from all over Indonesia. Sumba Ikat Tenun will have its own corner at the exhibition, to mark its candidacy as UNESCO Intangible Heritage 2013, proposed by the Indonesian Government. CTI was deeply involved with the promotion and preservation of Sumba woven.

The showcase of Indonesian Tenun in Tokyo surely proves that culture diplomacy is essential to improve friendship and understanding between Indonesia and Japan. The Indonesian Embassy and CTI thank: Adaro Energy, Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), and Garuda Indonesia, for their support in this event and its cause.

Source: Socio-Cultural Affairs/JR