Category Archives: Art & Culture

Archiving Our Vast Cultural Heritage for The World to See

“We’re very bad at archiving our work– myself included.” Senior fashion designer Didi Budiardjo said that to me when I paid homage to his exhibition at Museum Tekstil Jakarta recently. Fashion designers overseas are accustomed to present well-curated exhibitions at … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Finale

We’re here. The finale. Can’t believe it’s been a week already. I started the last day of JFW 2015 by attending a new label Lekat’s maiden show on Jakarta Fashion Week. I’d recently become acquainted with the label and found … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 6

Ooooh so many shows to watch today, so much to say about them. The day started with a bang by Obin’s parade of inventively weaved, meticulously patterned and dazzlingly colored fabrics. Obin always refuses being called fashion designer, instead calling … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 5

Every Wednesday I do a short commentary of Indonesia’s various business prospects on the news segment of the newly-launched The Indonesia Channel. It airs at 10pm Jakarta time, but the studio taping takes place around 3-4pm. Hence, a limited time … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 4

Year after year going to Jakarta Fashion Week I’ve always enjoyed the collaborations with foreign designers or artists, which are usually facilitated through foreign embassies’ cultural centers. Perhaps it comes from the fact that I inherently believe that only by … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 2

First off, just in case you were wondering, I survived Day 1. That was 10 hours running around in 10-cm heels to attend 5 shows and correlating press conferences, thank you very much. Which explains why Day 2 was for the fail-safe, … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015 Day 1

So, the annual weeklong madness has returned to town. Wheeeeee! (dancing in my 10-cm Saint Laurent platform heels—yes, the very shoes Louboutin dragged them to court for) (lasting only 10 seconds, weirdly dizzying for 10 minutes) For the 7th time now, … Continue reading

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Eid Is Where You Find Your Peace

“So, where are you mudik to during Lebaran?” The question thrown at me on the last week of Ramadhan by colleagues, security guard, hairstylist and everyone in between. Had they expected an exotic destination as an answer they would have … Continue reading

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The Soothing Sounds of Spirit

Ramadhan is in full swing, which means the whole caboodle of paraphernalia is in full display—mall décor, endless fast-breaking events and the ubiquitous religious songs on TV, radio, building lobbies and, sometimes, elevators. I’m not sure exactly when the tradition … Continue reading

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Kami vs Kita, in Fully Devilish Swing

Birthday? / Why, you want to send gifts? Religion? / You’re going to send me holiday basket, too? Marital status? / Gawd, are you asking me out?? It was a particularly harried day when I swung by an electronic store … Continue reading

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