The Beauty of West Kutai

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Nothing beats Indonesian richness when it comes to multi-cultural with its traditional fabrics and textiles. Now is the time for "Tenun Ulap Doyo" and " Sulam Tumpar" from West Kutai, East Borneo.

The Beauty of West Kutai
October 3rd, 2018
at Pelataran Ramayana - Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

This event is a collaboration event among Kutai governor and also creative industries, also Ms. Lia Candrasari as event initiator to present the natural process of Tenun itself and how they transform it into ready-to-wear fashion nowadays. Who would have thought that the idea of making this big event is originated from the small talk of group travelers who were fascinated by the natural beauty of West Kutai... and they are breaking a leg!

Serenade of Tenun Doyo
by Billy Tjong
Exclusive Collection by MADEIND X Billy Tjong 




The current mission is introduce this "Tenun Doyo" to be as popular as another Indonesian traditional fabrics like North Sumatera's Ulos, South Sumatera's Songket, and even as Javanese Batik pattern.

From the opening dance before the show, also shown the making of materials which is made by Doyo leaves, where can only found in East Borneo. So, they aren't made by regular cotton like many fabric use. This creative process really makes this ethnic fabric more special, because they are different even from the very beginning.

As we know, fashion is universal language. No matter where it is made, the most important thing is how to style them properly. Fashion today should not only focus on selling, but also the ways we can make a difference with social issues directly. Cultural and heritage, remembering these young peoples do not want to know some kinds of traditional clothes. Maybe this issue isn't a huge reality in our country, but when we realize some peoples are turning a blind eye doesn’t erase the issues.
That's why...since it is the new form of our local heritage, then if I could say these collections are going trending topic, surely it doesn't too much.




There's also fashion film preview, directed by Reza Bustami. Book launching about "Tenun Doyo and Sulam Tumpar" Seni Wastra Kutai Barat by Syahmedi Dean. The event will continue with photography exhibition "Potret Indah Dayak Benuaq" at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, by Honda Tranggono.

Yayyy, congratulation for the peoples behind who make this show extravagant! Support our local brand... And thank you for inviting me :)




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