Mey Hasibuan, an Indonesian Diaspora living in the United States of America has a dream for Indonesian cultures to be recognized internationally. Not only a dream to bring Indonesian Ikat tradition from East Nusa Tenggara to take part in FTLModa New York Fashion week, she wishes a local Indonesian movie 3 (Alif Lam Mim) to also be accepted in Atlanta Asian Film Festival.
“I want to create a window for Indonesia and help the government to let Indonesian culture be known to other countries,” she said in the Indonesian Talent Goes Global press conference held on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Present at the press conference were also Julie Laiskodat, the owner of Levico Gallery and an expert in NTT’s Ikat Weaving, a young aspiring designer who is also interested in NTT’s Ikat Weaving Yurita Puji Agustiani, as well as the producer and director of movie 3 Arie Untung and Anggy Umbara. They explained the success and positive review they have gained and how young talents have become inspirations, especially for young generation.
Julie and Yurita have been working together to enlighten the fashion industry through their love of East Nusa Tenggara Ikan weaving. Their collection has appeared in Jakarta Fashion Week and Indonesia fashion week. Their next step is to present their masterpiece in FTLModa New York Fashion week, a fashion week production company that has a stage show in New York Fashion Week on September 8, 2016.
East Nusa Tenggara Ikat Weaving is known for its use as display and tablecloth, leading to its uncommon recognition from the public. Yurita, as a young designer has a goal to let Ikat weaving be used in everyday trend. She wants to make Ikat weaving a local and international fashion by creating trendy and modest wear for people.
It is important to know that Ikat Weaving has all types, all kinds of different meaning, depending on the area where it comes from. They will present the 22 different regencies motifs and style in a combination of 12 pieces of masterpieces to the FTLModa New York Fashion Week.
Another good news comes from Indonesian film industry. The young talent Anggy Umbara may only be 35 years old but his ability in making films cannot be doubted. He is known through his work Comic 8 and the upcoming movie, Warkop DKI Reborn. Along with the producer Arie Untung – a famous Indonesian actor, comedian, and also presenter, he created a masterpiece that has gained International appraise; the movie 3 (Alif Lam Mim).
“We may not gain success in revenue for this movie, but the appreciation given by the public is what we have achieved,” Anggy said.
They soon will travel to the United States of America to present Indonesia’s pieces of art through two different mediums.
Mey, who has been living in the States for almost thirteen years has an aspiration to let Indonesian culture and art be known to International communities. It is not only to stimulate the economy but to also preserve in tradition and to carry on women empowerment as a tool to a better Indonesia.
“It is so that we know, even amid the bustle’s of Indonesian situation, there are still good things, positive things we can show,” Mey says.