Jakarta Globe. Traditional batik fabrics from Papua were showcased during the Fashion Diplomacy event at the Grote Kerk in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Wednesday (07/09).
Organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag, the event formed part of efforts to promote Indonesian culture. The embassy’s minister counselor Azis Nurwahyudi told Antara news on Thursday that they chose to highlight lesser-known batik designs. The event kicked off with traditional Mambri and Yospan dances from Papua.
The collections presented during the show were designed by Ian Adrian and featured fabrics produced by Yolanda Tinal, a batik artisan from Papua who runs her own boutique, Batik Mamayoo, in Jayapura. In her work Yolanda chooses wood carving patterns, Cenderawasih birds, orchids and fish — all representing the fauna and flora of Papua. Her patterns make Papua batik stand out from the usual kawung, parang, or Garuda themes used by artisans from Java.
Indonesian Ambassador I Gusti A. Wesaka Puja said fashion is all about self-expression and understanding culture.
“Papua is one of 17,000 Indonesian islands. If you explore its beauty, Papua will bring its own magic to you,” he said in his opening speech at the event.
The 15th-century Grote Kerk is a landmark Protestant church in The Hague and a popular venue for cultural initiatives.