ISLAMABAD - The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia organised a colourful cultural show titled "Journey Through Colours".
The show coincided with the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of Republic of Indonesia celebrated a day earlier and was aimed at further expanding and strengthening the glorious historical socio-cultural bonds between Indonesia and Pakistan.
The lively fashion show featured the latest collection of Itang Yunasz, a renowned and leading fashion designer from Indonesia. Besides, the event also featured colourful traditional dances and music highlighting rich and diverse cultures of Indonesia.
In his remarks on the occasion, Indonesian Ambassador Burhan Muhammad said that event "Journey Through Colours" is meant to showcase the uniqueness and diversity of Indonesian culture on the auspicious occasion of the 68th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day celebrated a day earlier on August 17, 2013.
The envoy elaborated that cultural performances describe the embodiment of Indonesia's rich traditional heritage and deep embedded values: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity) that symbolises the tolerance and peaceful existence.
He said that Indonesian nation would not have existed today without these core values as Indonesia spans over 17,000 islands, and comprises of 300 different dialects and various ethnic groups. The audience returned a big applause when the Indonesian envoy remarked: "Without tolerance, without the struggle for peaceful co-existence and without Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, I would not be standing here celebrating our 68th Independence Day."
Secretary Commerce Qasim M Niaz was the chief guest on the occasion.
At the show models walked on the ramp showcasing Itang Yunasz latest handmade Batik collection entitled 'Flower and Hokokai Butterfly.' The collection included especial designs for Pakistan consisting of traditional hand woven fabrics as well as a Middle Eastern inspired collection. They exhibited some of the finest impulses and elegant fashionable Muslim-wear with eye-catching contemporary styles blended aesthetically with modernity.
Itang Yunasz has been continuously creating and contributing to the Indonesian fashion industry for over 30 years. Since 2000, Itang has been more dedicated in designing Middle Eastern inspired fashion wear. He is regarded as a pioneer of fashion in Indonesia, who continues to evolve and adjust to current international fashion trends and colours.
During the cultural show, the ambassador surprised the audience by leading the Indonesian band through a medley of traditional instruments infused with vocal performances and mystical tones of the Angklung.
The amazing cultural performance included the Sajojo dance, saman dance and a song by the guest designer "Indonesia Pusaka" that were all closely related to traditional customs, arts and cultural identity of Indonesia.
Batik, Angklung and Saman dances that were part of the show are internationally recognised and have been added to the UNESCO Representative List of UNESCO's World Intangible Cultural Heritage exclusively of the Indonesian origin.