Buleleng Festival to be held on August 6-10, 2014 will be jazzed up with the Buleleng Endek Carnival (BEC). A number of renowned fashion designers on the island are ready to show off in the annual event. “We are very pleased to be invited for enlivening the BEC in Singaraja,” said the renowned fashion designers of Bali, Dwi Iskandar and Weda Githapradana, in a meeting with the creative team of BEC and Bulfest, Saturday (Jul 12).
Dwi Iskandar said that he indeed had an obsession to promote the endek or woven fabrics of Bali including Buleleng, either in the local, national and international events. When making a fashion show at the Sheraton Bandung, he also brought the fashion collection utilizing the woven materials of Buleleng. “In the upcoming BEC and Bulfest in Singaraja, I would like to design a lot of clothes that can be used by the community,” he said.
He did it because he wanted to give feedback to the community of Buleleng about how to design a typical endek or woven fabric and make it fashionable. “We would like to introduce and provide inputs on how to make a design of fashionable endek clothes that can also be used in everyday life,” he said.
Meanwhile, Weda Githapradana said that he was ready to show off fashion design in the BEC. Together with the ISI Denpasar, his party would show off the designs inspired by the wealth of marine life owned by Menjangan Island in West Buleleng. To that end, his party had prepared three carnival clothes such as the Bali seaweed, tiger fish and jelly fish.
In addition, he would also bring another outfit inspired by the flora of Bali, one of which was frangipani. A total of about seven designs would be displayed at the event. Likewise, Weda Githapradana designed fashions by featuring traditional patra ornament or the art of floral motif used in the woven ikat. “It is intended to highlight the potential of local wisdom into a global fashion trend,” he said.
Dwi Iskandar is Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs (APPMI) of Bali Chapter who has a wealth of experience in the exhibition shows in a number of major cities in Indonesia. It includes the Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) in Jakarta, Bali Fashion Week (BFW), Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW), Jogja Fashion Week (JFW), Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival in Jakarta.
In the meantime, Weda Githapradana poses a young designer whose name is on the rise among the fashion designers in Bali and beyond Bali. His exhibition experience includes in the IFW and Bali Collection Fashion Carnival. Now, he actively teaches fashion design at the Angelica Wu Fashion Design Course while continuing his study at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. (BTN/015)