Jakarta: The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria has launched a fashion film titled "Stories of Hope: Bolstering Indonesia-South Africa Relationships Through Fashion" on its YouTube channel: KBRI Pretoria.
The film features clothes designed and produced collaboratively by Indonesian and South African fashion designers.
There are at least four collaborative elements in the film. First, there are six fashion designers participating in this project, consisting of three designers from Indonesia (Irmasari Joedawinata, Raegita Oktora, Weda Githa) and three designers from South Africa (Bianca Malan, Nabeela Francis, Lisakhanya Matya). They had worked collaboratively virtually since November 2021.
Second, a collaboration of ethnic fabrics. The film presents the fantastic works of the designers who combine Indonesian batik fabric and South African shweshwe fabric.
Third, a collaboration of shooting locations that feature the stunning landscapes of the two countries, namely Melasti Beach in Bali, Indonesia, and Scarborough Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
Finally, the collaboration between various parties from Indonesia and South Africa in the production of this film. In producing this film, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria works together with the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC), the TFG, and the Imprint Luxury, and is supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and the Indonesia Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) in Johannesburg.
Collaboration is the keyword in the making of this film, as the vision of Ambassador Salman Al Farisi, former Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa, as the initiator of this activity.
"The more collaborative an activity is, the better the diplomatic efforts that are carried out," said Ambassador Salman, who now serves as Secretary-General of the IORA based in Mauritius, in a press release on Wednesday.
This collaborative activity is intended not only to strengthen the interaction between the people of the two countries but also to promote their cultural richness and creative economy as well as to convey a message that although both countries have experienced colonialism and slavery in the past, now both of countries can rise to become the most influential and respected countries in their respective region. All of this happened thanks to the stories of hope that the people of the two countries encountered in overcoming every challenge that came their way.
This film is one of the means to reconnect the cultural and emotional bonds between Indonesian and South African people that have been materialized since a very long time ago. The people from the now-Indonesian archipelago have been coloring the South African society since the 17th century when royals and religious leaders from the archipelago were exiled to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch colonial government. As time went on, their number grew, creating their own identity that today we know as the Cape Malay people. These descendants of Indonesia have become the fabric of South African society and are contributing positively to their country.?