Front Row (The Jakarta Post)
Thu, February 23, 2023
Indonesia’s largest annual fashion event, Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW), is marking its 10th year with a focus on the traditional textiles and culture of Gorontalo.
Organized by the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs (APPMI),
IFW 2023 is being held from Wednesday to Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center.
Approximately 200 designers will unveil their creations at the five-day event, along with 400 exhibitors presenting locally made products, ranging from apparel and accessories to culinary delights.
IFW 2023’s opening ceremony on Wednesday, which featured a traditional Betawi dance routine and a performance by musicians Maria Calista and Kezia, was supported by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and the DKI Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency.
In addition, the ceremony also involved a musical performance by violinist Iskandar Widjaja and pianist Michael Anthony, alongside dancer Syandria.
Tickets to IFW 2023 can be purchased on Tokopedia, the event’s official e-commerce and ticketing partner. Tokopedia is also offering a livestreaming service for those unable to attend in person.
APPMI chairwoman and IFW president Poppy Dharsono said that in its 10th year, IFW had positioned itself as a platform for designers to collaborate with their respective provincial handicrafts council (Dekranasda) so as to gain insight, knowledge and market share.
“This year, we have been trusted by the province of Gorontalo to highlight their designers’ works so as to promote Gorontalo-made products on a national stage,” she said.
For this year, IFW 2023 took the theme of “Sagara dari Timur”. The word sagara is taken from the Sanskrit word for ocean, as IFW aims to bring a new wave of creativity in the fashion world by highlighting the beauty and