The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Islamabad organised a colourful cultural show titled "Journey Through Colours".
show coincided with the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of
Republic of Indonesia celebrated a day earlier and was aimed at further
expanding and strengthening the glorious historical socio-cultural bonds
between Indonesia and Pakistan.
The lively fashion show featured the
latest collection of Itang Yunasz, a renowned and leading fashion
designer from Indonesia. Besides, the event also featured colourful
traditional dances and music highlighting rich and diverse cultures of
In his remarks on the occasion, Indonesian Ambassador
Burhan Muhammad said that event "Journey Through Colours" is meant to
showcase the uniqueness and diversity of Indonesian culture on the
auspicious occasion of the 68th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence
Day celebrated a day earlier on August 17, 2013.
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
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 show models walked on the ramp showcasing Itang Yunasz latest
handmade Batik collection entitled 'Flower and Hokokai Butterfly.' 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.
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. (The Nation)