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Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 Highlights Kalimantan’s Cultural Riches

Jakarta. Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 kicked off at the Jakarta Convention Center on Wednesday with the theme “Cultural Values,” inspired.Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 kicked off at the Jakarta Convention Center on Wednesday with the theme Cultural Values, inspired by the cultural riches of Kalimantan.

From the design of the venue for IFW 2019, to the fashion and the iconic models, we can see illustrations of shields and fauna and flora that are unique to Kalimantan, which the designers used as sources of inspiration and imagination in their designs, Indonesia Fashion Week president Poppy Dharsono said at the opening ceremony.So that the culture of Kalimantan can be more widely known through the work of the fashion designer, added Poppy, who is also chairwoman of the Indonesian Fashion Designers Association (APPMI).

There are hundreds of participants, including fashion businesses and designers from various parts of the archipelago, at this years iteration of Indonesias biggest annual fashion event. In total, IFW 2019 will include 20 fashion shows, competitions and talk shows.Ten designers Jeny Tjahyawati, Anna Budiman, Lia Afif, Klaudi Pelealu, Julie Kaimuddin, Melanie, Ida Noer Haris, Rani, Lenny Rafael and Tuty Adib from various parts of the country, have been recognized by APPMI as rising-star designers.They were given the honor to present their designs, as part of their collaboration with Caren Delano, one of Indonesias most notable designers.

The event space, stage and surroundings are decorated to reflect Indonesian culture.Starting from the stage and the whole space, the exhibition arena and competition will be directed to all aspects that strengthen Indonesian identity, so all the models participating in the fashion shows are all authentic Indonesians, Poppy said.

She said the event does also not neglect environmental and social issues, and adheres to the principle of ethical fashion through sustainability, by raising awareness of the impact the industry has on the environment.Since the inaugural Indonesia Fashion Week in 2012, the event has been held annually to provide direction and give an overview of the countrys fashion industry.It aims to support designers and fashion industry players from across the archipelago and abroad.May Myat Waso, a designer from Myanmar, also displayed her fashion designs during the opening.The event ends on Sunday.

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APR Plots Indonesian Viscose-Rayon to Take Over World Fashion

Jakarta. Asia Pacific Rayon, or APR, is one of the largest integrated producers of viscose-rayon in Asia. Asia Pacific Rayon, or APR, is one of the largest integrated producers of viscose-rayon in Asia.
The sustainably-produced fibre is commonly used in outerwearfrom casual shirts to coatsand now the company wants it to be used in haute couture as well. It also believes that the increasingly fine fabric can boost Indonesias textile exports.The company is part of global pulp giant Royal Golden Eagle, controlled by conglomerate Sukanto Tanoto, and had just opened a new plant in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, early this year.The Riau plant will be capable of producing 240,000 tons of viscose-rayonsoft fiber made from dissolved celluloseevery year.
On Thursday (28/03), APR showcased the results of its collaboration with eight Indonesian fashion designers who turned out high-fashion outfits using viscose-rayon as part of the 2019 Indo Intertex fashion and textile exhibition held at JIEXPO Kemayoran in East Jakarta.We use sustainable raw material and clean manufacturing to produce our viscose, Cherie Tan, APRs vice president of communications, said at the event.We track the sources of our raw material and are committed to be transparent about it. We only use dissolved pulp certified to have no deforestation links, she said.
The company hopes its fine viscose-rayon can soon be found on the catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York as part of the couture collections of many creative young designers from Indonesia trying to make it on the world stage.Indonesias textile and fashion industry has enormous potential.The government is targeting textile exports of $15 billion this year, Muhdori, the Industry Ministrys textile, leather and footwear director, said. Last years figure was $14 billion.The Indonesian Textile Association (API) estimates the value of Indonesian textile exports can reach a whopping Rp 444 trillion ($31 billion) by 2025.APR is the future of Indonesian textiles, simply because dissolved pulp is the future of the global textile industry, Muhdori said.
APRs director Basrie Kamba said locally made viscose-rayon will offer a big boost to Indonesias creative economysomething President Jokowi has been especially keen on. Until recently, Indonesia still relied on imports for the material.The designers who collaborated with us and were on show today are proof that Indonesia is more than capable of producing high-quality fashion using viscose-rayon. This textile actually gives designers a competitive advantage, Basrie said.APR plans to exports 96,000 tons of viscose-rayon this year, mostly to Turkey, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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Singapore submits Unesco bid to recognise hawker culture

The Republic’s nomination to inscribe hawker culture in Singa-pore on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.The nomination includes letters, photographs and videos demonstrating community support for the bid, the organisations behind the attempt said in a joint statement yesterday.

The photographs feature an Indian Muslim hawker preparing briyani, a Chinese hawker demonstrating a chicken rice recipe, and a father and his children enjoying the chendol dessert, among other snapshots.A 10-minute video was also produced to give a 12-member Unesco evaluation body – including six experts qualified in various fields of intangible cultural heritage – a better understanding of hawker culture in Singapore.The nomination documents, to be available for public viewing from July, were submitted jointly by the three organisations driving the bid. They are the National Heritage Board, the National Environment Agency and The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

Using the evaluation body’s assessment and recommendation as a guide, a 24-member intergovernmental committee will then decide on the suitability of inscribing Singapore’s hawker culture.The results will be announced at the end of next year.UNESCO Nomination – Hawker Culture in SingaporeMr Low Hock Kee, 50, a second-generation hawker and co-chairman of the hawker sub-committee of FMAS, believes that if the inscription is successful, the profile of the country’s rich cultural heritage will be boosted. “The nomination also helps elevate the status of hawkers and affirms our role in Singapore.

“If successful, hawker culture will join 429 cultures of other countries which have been inscribed since the list was established in 2008. These include Belgium’s beer culture, Indonesia’s bamboo musical instrument angklung, China’s shadow puppetry, and kimjang, or the making and sharing of kimchi in South Korea.Unlike the evaluation of world heritage sites, assessments of intangible cultural heritage do not require evaluators to make site visits.Countries whose bids are not successful can reapply in subsequent Unesco evaluation cycles. Singapore’s first such submission in the category of intangible cultural heritage comes after the Botanic Gardens was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2015.Singapore’s hawker culture bid has drawn some criticism from across the border.

Some Malaysians have claimed their country is a street-food paradise, and that Singapore’s hawker version is not that special.However, the list is not intended to define the origins and ownership of cultural practices.For instance, both Arabic coffee and Turkish coffee were inscribed in the Unesco list. Related StorySpirited debate on hawker culture shows investment in its survival:

National Heritage Board Related Story 14-member committee set up to oversee Singapore’s hawker culture nomination Related StoryHawker culture to be nominated for Unesco heritage list: 8 famous stalls in Singapore Related StoryExperts hope Unesco bid will increase support for hawkersInstead, Singapore’s attempt will be assessed based on the criteria of meeting Unesco’s definition of intangible cultural heritage; how the potential inscription will increase awareness of Singapore’s intangible cultural heritage; how the existing and future safeguarding measures promote the continued practice of the culture; whether the nomination involved the community; and whether it is part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage inventory.

The country’s inventory, comprising 70 elements so far, includes pilgrimages to Kusu Island and Malay weddings, and was established last April.In a joint statement, the organisations driving the bid said the attempt has received overwhelming support from Singaporeans since it was announced last August.They noted that apart from hawker associations, more than 850,000 pledges of support and over 31,000 messages were registered across various platforms.Their social media movement, they added, generated 810,000 likes and comments in support of hawker culture.

The statement said: “A successful nomination will demonstrate to the world how proud we are of hawker culture in Singapore, encourage greater appreciation for our hawkers, and show our commitment as a nation to safeguard hawker culture for generations to come.”They added that the submission of the nomination documents is a milestone in Singapore’s Unesco inscription journey to better recognise and protect the island’s intangible cultural heritage.

The nomination documents took into account input from a nomination committee, comprising representatives and stakeholders from various sectors, including hawker representatives, academics, community partners, non-governmental organisations and government agencies.There are more than 100 hawker centres in Singapore and some 6,000 hawkers who each serve about 150 to 200 affordable meals daily.More than 80 per cent of the population visit hawker centres at least once a week.Messages written by Singaporeans in support of the bid note that hawker centres serve as spaces where “a variety of multicultural cuisines” can be found under one roof, and where “people of all races gather to eat together”.

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Ethiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”

CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and SOLIDARITYE thiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”By Abdi Latif DahirMarch 25, 2019Ethiopian Airlines has said it has confidence in Boeing, a singular vote of confidence that comes as both companies face increasing questions following a deadly crash in early March.

In a statement today (March 25), CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and to “make the skies safer for the world.”Boeing is facing scrutiny and government probes after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 model aircraft occurred within months of each other in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to their grounding worldwide.Although the causes of the crashes are yet to be determined, questions have swirled around the plane’s automated system designed to direct the nose downwards if it was in danger of stalling.Transport officials in Addis Ababa have said there were “clear similarities” between the Ethiopian and Lion Air crashes in Indonesia.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes and crashed minutes after takeoff while trying to return to the airport.The Chicago-headquartered planemaker is the key supplier to Ethiopian, with the partnership between the two extending to the early 1960s.The ET 302 flight plane that crashed was less than five months old, and Tewolde said they took delivery of yet another 737 Boeing cargo planes of a different model less than a month ago.Tewolde also extolled Ethiopian’s relationship with the US aviation industry, saying their earlier pilots, crew, and mechanics were employees of the now-defunct New York-based airline, TWA.

Ethiopian Airlines was originally established after a visiting Ethiopian delegation requested American officials in 1945 to help establish a commercial airline for domestic air service.“Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing,” Tewolde said.“Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future.”Ethiopian Airlines’ renewed pledge to Boeing comes as the state carrier itself fends off allegations that it sacrificed expansion and profit for safety.The carrier is Africa’s fastest-growing with hubs across the continent and a 113-strong fleet servicing 119 destinations worldwide.A New York Times story last week reported that even though the airline had the 737 Max 8 simulator, the pilot on the ill-fated flight was yet to be trained on it.

A Washington Post report also found 2015 complaints in the US Federal Aviation Administration database from pilots who accused the airline of failing to update manuals and for instituting a “fear-based” management style.Ethiopian refuted both stories and even called on the Post to “remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.”When the Boeing 737 Max 8 was first introduced, Boeing and the FAA agreed pilots who had flown a related earlier 737 model didn’t need additional simulator training, nor training specifically about the automated system known as MCAS. Pilots qualified to fly the 737-800 only received training that amounted to “an iPad lesson for an hour.” Pilot unions have said that since the Lion Air crash, they have received formal instruction on the feature.Tewolde said in his statement their pilots “who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators”—but still didn’t confirm whether the specific pilots on the doomed ET 302 trained on the simulator.Boeing currently continues to face the bulk of criticism especially after revelations that it charged extrawould add as standard feature following the crashes. And despite the expression of confidence, there seems to be a chance of fissure between Ethiopian and Boeing as investigations continue.In the aftermath of the Lion Air crash, “more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us,” Tewolde told the Wall Street Journal today.

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