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Indonesia taking part in Vietnam International Fashion Fair

Released at: 11:33, 14/12/2018

Indonesia taking part in Vietnam International Fashion Fair

Photo: Jessica Nguyen

Country has 26 booths with 34 companies showcasing Indonesian products at Hanoi fair from December 13-18.

by Jessica Nguyen

As a largest country partner of the Vietnam International Fashion Fair, which is taking place from December 13 to 18 at the International Center for Exhibition (ICE) in Hanoi, the Indonesia Pavilion has 26 booths where 34 companies are showcasing a host of products such as batik and ethnic garments, textiles, jewelry and accessories, leather products, bags, shoes, and cosmetics.

“Indonesia is participating in the Vietnam International Fashion Fair with the aim of promoting business relations between the country and Vietnam, expanding networks and exploring business opportunities, and increasing awareness among Vietnamese people about Indonesia’s fashion industry,” H.E Mr. Ibnu Hadi, Ambassador of Indonesia in Vietnam, said at the opening ceremony of the fair on December 13.

The ambassador added that Vietnam is an emerging economy with high economic growth, and its fashion market is expanding. “Bilateral trade between Indonesia and Vietnam will stand at some $6.7 billion by end of the year,” he said. “I am therefore optimistic that the target of $10 billion in bilateral trade will be reached ahead of commitments.”

Indonesia also took part in the opening ceremony, presenting an impressive fashion show, while there was also an “ao dai” fashion show from Vietnamese designer Nguyen Cong Tri. The Indonesian show consisted of three segments: lurik fashion, batik fashion, and tenun fashion, designed by three prominent Indonesia designers.

The lurik fashion collection was designed by Etty Navis and features a special type of Indonesian material - lurik, or striped fabric. This traditional Indonesian handloom fabric has been worn by Javanese since the 1700s. Batik, meanwhile, is recognized as part of the Indonesian identity by UNESCO, and tenun is as type of woven cloth handmade by yarn such as cotton, silk, or wool. 

In line with the fair’s activities this year, Indonesia will also hold a solo event entitled “Wonderful Indonesia - Inspired by Culture”, including fashion shows and singing and dancing performances, from 7.30pm to 9.15pm on December 16. Entry is free.

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