Jakarta(ANTARA News) - A fashion show featuring creations of Indonesian designer Ghea Panggabean enlivened the diplomatic reception held by the Indonesian Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, which was organized to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of Indonesian independence on August 17.

According to a statement received here, Wednesday, in the event that was held in Istanbul`s Conrad hotel on September 24, Panggabean brought the theme `Wonders of Indonesia` which explored the pattern and texture wealth of fabrics originating from Sumba and Java, including her creations that were inspired by the `Wayang` or puppets.

Indonesian Consul General in Istanbul Herry Sudrajat stated that by featuring modern and ethnical fashion show in the diplomatic reception, he hoped that the people-to-people contact between the two countries can be intensified, especially through cultural ties.

The fashion show opened with a Turkish model who walked in, carrying a `gunungan wayang` or a symmetrical-shaped figure, followed by models from both Indonesia and Turkey, exhibiting Panggabean`s collection which include modern `kebaya`, kaftan and tunics, combined with purple, orange and maroon woven patterns.

The uniqueness of the application of the Indonesia`s own heritage motives, into a modern style, as well as the collection of wayang puppet patterns that were displayed, successfully invited admiration from the guests in attendance.

The diplomatic reception itself was attended by representatives of the diplomatic communities, government staff, businessmen and people of Istanbul.

The fashion show was also supported by the leading fashion school in Istanbul, namely `Kariyer Egitim Kurumlar`, and actors in the fashion world in Istanbul, namely `Markamarie` and `Thinkfashion`.

Panggabean herself admitted that she was delighted to have the opportunity to showcase her modern ethnic work in Turkey.

She also wanted to introduce various ethnic Indonesian fabrics that could be used for modern clothing, to the Turkish community.

During the fashion show which was divided into three sessions, the guests were also entertained by the Sekar Jagat and Cendrawasih dance from Bali and the Ngibing dance from Betawi performed by the Jegeg Bali dance group and the Indonesian Art and Culture (GSB) Gita in Istanbul.

A variety of Indonesian specialties, such as rendang and chicken satay, were also served at the Diplomatic Reception.

Editing by Bustanuddin

Reporter: Aria Cindyara
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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