"Like Myanmar, Indonesia is home to various tribes, and each has a textile, with its own motives and ways of making," Indonesian Ambassador to Myanmar Iza Fadri noted in a written statement received in Jakarta on Thursday.
Ambassador Fadri remarked that the Indonesian fashion show epitomized that the difference was beautiful and must be embraced.
Not only batik that is already known globally, a variety of textiles from various regions in Indonesia, including Lampung, Palembang, Padang, Kalimantan, Bali, Aceh, North Sulawesi, and North Sumatra, should also be promoted.
Highlighting friendship, the models sashaying Indonesian fabrics were Indonesian friends and partners from Myanmar and other ASEAN countries, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Turkey.
The event, focused on bringing the people of Indonesia and Myanmar closer to fashion, was held as part of a series of celebrations to mark the seven decades of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Fashion shows are expected to always place Indonesia in the hearts and minds of the people of Myanmar, so that more are interested in visiting Indonesia and will thereby broaden opportunities for cooperation.
The textile and apparel industry was the manufacturing sector registering the highest growth of 15.08 percent in the third quarter of 2019, or surpassing the national economic growth of 5.02 percent during the corresponding period.
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated that the textile and apparel industry was one of the five sectors whose development is prioritized in the “Making Indonesia 4.0” Roadmap.
The Ministry of Industry is targeting the exports of textile and apparel products to reach US$15 billion in 2019.
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