At a recent culture and fashion show organized by the Embassy of Indonesia titled “Journey Through Colors” held in commemoration of Indonesia’s 68th Independence Day at Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, Indonesian Fashion Designer Itang Yunasz wowed the 500+ VIP crowd with his collection “Flowers and Hokokai Butterfly” which showcased colorful hand made Batik patterns on ankle-length chiffon and satin dresses. This show was aimed at further expanding and strengthening the glorious historical socio-cultural bonds between Indonesia and Pakistan.
Ambassador Burhan Muhammad’s message was loud and clear to the guests consisting of Ambassadors, the Diplomatic Community, media icons and Fashionistas in Pakistan: “Without tolerance, without the struggle for peaceful co-existence, without Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), I would not be standing here with you celebrating our 68th Independence Day”. The envoy elaborated that cultural performances describe the embodiment of Indonesia’s rich traditional heritage and deep embedded values: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity) that symbolises the tolerance and peaceful existence.
He said that Indonesian nation would not have existed today without these core values as Indonesia spans over 17,000 islands, and comprises of 300 different dialects and various ethnic groups. The audience returned a big applause when the Indonesian envoy remarked: “Without tolerance, without the struggle for peaceful co-existence and without Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, I would not be standing here celebrating our 68th Independence Day.”
Secretary Commerce Qasim M Niaz was the chief guest on the occasion.
The collection included especial designs for Pakistan consisting of traditional hand woven fabrics as well as a Middle Eastern inspired collection. They exhibited some of the finest impulses and elegant fashionable Muslim-wear with eye-catching contemporary styles blended aesthetically with modernity.
Itang Yunasz has been continuously creating and contributing to the Indonesian fashion industry for over 30 years. Since 2000, Itang has been more dedicated in designing Middle Eastern inspired fashion wear. He is regarded as a pioneer of fashion in Indonesia, who continues to evolve and adjust to current international fashion trends and colours but most of the time he tries to fix his collection with in the boundaries of his religious beliefs i.e Islam. As one of his collection was headed by the title Luxurious Modesty.
During the cultural show, the ambassador surprised the audience by leading the Indonesian band through a medley of traditional instruments infused with vocal performances and mystical tones of the Angklung.
The amazing cultural performance included the Sajojo dance, saman dance and a song by the guest designer “Indonesia Pusaka” that were all closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity of Indonesia.
Batik, Angklung and Saman dances that were part of the show are internationally recognised and have been added to the UNESCO Representative List of UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage exclusively of the Indonesian origin.