Los Angeles, 6 October 2017 – Indonesia's ikat fabric - a mirror of decades of local wisdom - is shown in an ultra-modern style in a workshop at the Alexandria Ballroom, October 6, 2017. The workshop uses the same venue as Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) 2017, and took place as Indonesia is highlighted as a feature country in LAFW 2017. The workshop was attended by key business players and creative professional – from the United States and Indonesia – who have integrated ikat into their work.
Ikat, an Indonesian weaving tradition and technique, is deeply integral to the tribes from North Sumatra, Baduy, East Nusa Tenggara, Flores, Sumba, and even Bali – each having its own characteristics. Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, Simon Soekarno, said that he was very honored to see the contributions that Indonesia can make in the products presented by the panelists: Rumah Rakuji, NES, Everina, and Ornate Reverie. “These various works show a harmony between modern fashion and traditional weaving tradition,” he said. These panelists work directly with Indonesian artisans and gave an interactive presentation in which visitors was able to try a variety of ultra-modern ikat accessories and get tips on using ikat in a modern way.
Each year, the US imported US$37 billion of apparel and woven accessories. Indonesia currently ranks 4th in the world as a fashion apparel exporting country to the US, with China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh being ahead of Indonesia. Indonesia’s market share in the US market has continued to grow over the past three years: 5.77% in 2014, 5.93% in 2015, and a high 6.03% in 2017. This trend is expected to benefit Indonesian artisans so that Indonesian ikat can be better known alongside the development of the US fashion industry.