INDONESIAN BATIK

Indonesian Batik A number of models and mannequins from Bahrain seen walking. In a meeting room in the city of Manama while exhibiting various collections of typical Indonesian batik. More than 200 invited guests who attended seemed to enjoy the beauty of the various batik fabrics exhibited by the models.​

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Manama (KBRI Manama) in collaboration with the Bahrain Indonesia Business and Friendship Society (BIBFS) has held a fashion show and bazaar entitled “Bahrain Indo Beauty Expo”. Bahrain. Besides that, among the invited guests were representatives of local government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, media journalists, and a number of fashion observers or lovers from Bahrain.

The variety of textiles and batik clothing displayed at the fashion show is the Handy Hartono Reborn collection creat by fashion designer Khoiril Anam. In addition, a number of collections of typical West Sulawesi batik by Dr. Yundini Husni Djamaluddin. This fashion show also collaborated with 4 fashion designers from Bahrain, namely Nadia Aljar, Safia Almutawwa, Najma Foulath, and Hala Asad who presented various collections of fabrics and clothing with ethnic Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian touches.

 

The Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mr. Ardi Hermawan, in his remarks said “Batik has features that cannot  found in wastra (fabric) or other textile industries in the world. Batik is a distinctive characteristic and part of the identity of the Indonesian nation”. According to Ambassador Ardi, batik contains artistic values, nature, spirituality. And cultural nobility of various tribes in Indonesia which are pass down from one generation to another. “This feature is what underlies the establishment of UNESCO towards Indonesian batik as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity since October 2009,” said Ambassador Ardi.

 

Ambassador Ardi also expressed his joy for the enthusiasm of the visitors who attended this year’s fashion show and bazaar. This indicates that Indonesian Batik widely known internationally. Including in the Middle East region, especially Bahrain. Added by Ambassador Ardi, “Indonesia and Bahrain have similarities in the context of socio-cultural diversity of society, one of which is translat into clothing with unique patterns and motifs. It is these characteristics that make the variety of Indonesian batik easily accepted by industry players and fashion lovers in Bahrain.”

 

In particular, the Ambassador also expressed his appreciation to BIBFS as friends of Indonesia who have always been one of the driving forces for efforts to promote Indonesia’s economy, socio-culture, arts and tourism in Bahrain. BIBFS President, Dr. Hana Kanoo, separately also expressed appreciation to the Ambassador and the Indonesian Embassy in Manama for their excellent support, collaboration, communication and cooperation so far. It is hop that the efforts that have  made can bring the relationship between the two countries closer.

 

The Bahrain Indonesia Business and Friendship Society

also known as BIBFS, is a non-profit organization whose members are Bahraini citizens and residents who have an emotional affinity, history and interest in Indonesia. BIBFS was establish in 2017 with the aim of supporting economic relations and people to people contact between Indonesia and Bahrain. This organization has also been officially register with the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The majority of BIBFS members come from businessmen, academics, government officials and artists in Bahrain who have various backgrounds.

also held a bazaar for clothing, accessories, and products for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Bahrain. A number of MSME entrepreneurs from Indonesia who live in Bahrain also participated in the bazaar by selling various Indonesian clothing and handicrafts. The Indonesian MSME entrepreneurs are members of the Indonesia Diaspora Network (IDN) Bahrain Chapter. This year’s activity is the second time since 2019 after being delay for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By AKDSEO