Indonesian Culture Week: Colours and music of Indonesia invade Islamabad

Published: April 17, 2011

Batik workshop (top), Indonesian fashion show (right) and exhibition were some of the activities held at the Indonesian Cultural Week organised at PNCA on Saturday. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Batik workshop (top), Indonesian fashion show (right) and exhibition were some of the activities held at the Indonesian Cultural Week organised at PNCA on Saturday. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID Batik workshop (top), Indonesian fashion show (right) and exhibition were some of the activities held at the Indonesian Cultural Week organised at PNCA on Saturday. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID Batik workshop (top), Indonesian fashion show (right) and exhibition were some of the activities held at the Indonesian Cultural Week organised at PNCA on Saturday. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID
ISLAMABAD: 

Indonesian Culture Week at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) began with a traditional Batik weaving workshop for students.

Students enjoyed the workshop on using the mixture of batik-cotton and batik-silk. Since October 2009, Batik has also been approved by UNESCO as an intelligible culture heritage item. Among all of its fabrics, hand painted, cotton or silk embellished, Indonesia takes most pride in Batik.

The workshop was accompanied with a display of local handicrafts. The culture week is being organised by PNCA in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Ambassador Latuconsina was also present at the event. The evening, apart from the two-hour late arrival of Rehman Malik, the chief guest, was enjoyable.

It proceeded with an exchange of dialogue on the Pakistan-Indonesia relationship, followed by versatile performances that entertained the audience.

The show included both Indonesian and Pakistani performers.

DPP Hipminkindo, an Indonesian culture group, was flown in to perform at the occasion.

The show started off with Saman, a famous technique of dance from Aceh, followed by the tsunami-hit province’s cultural dance, Ganjen, which is a contemporary dance from Jakarta. Jaipong, a unique style of dancing from West Java, wrapped it off. Native singing performances were given by Pratiwi and Anas Latuconsina.

Talking to The Express Tribune DPP Hipminkindo Venny, the spokesperson for Alamsyah, said “We were flown in three days ago and have found Pakistan to be a fascinating country with excellent local textiles. Our image of Pakistani hospitality changed the moment we landed.”

This was followed by a fashion show, which displayed local Indonesian traditional textiles such as Namley, Batik, Weaving, and various modern techniques.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • waqas
    Apr 17, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Momina you must have felt a lot of irritation while writting for this event because the Chief Guest was only two hours late.:pRecommend

  • Ghazanfar
    Apr 18, 2011 - 10:41AM

    I could not stop myself from writing this comment after reading this news article. Pakistan and Indonesia sharing cultures and Indonesia commenting on Pakistan’s hospitality and friendlyness. But the reality is Indonesia discourage Pakistanis to visit Indonesia, they have all kind of process and requirements in place to reject a visa to Pakistanis. I used to live and work in Indonesia for four years now I am working in another country. I am a professional and tried to visit to Indonesia for an important business trip and I couldnot get a visa in time and still do not have the visa. A Pakistani can not obtain a tourist visa because they need a sponsor and whole process of approval from Immigration department in Jakarta. And its not only me there are so many Pakistanis I met who had to face same problem and most of them are high ranking professional in different industries. These social and cultural events are only for entertainment, whoever is reading my response please go to Malaysia, Thailand anywhere but Indonesia you can enjoy alot more and get visa on time before your vacation expires. This is totally fruistrating when our country do not do anything to solve these issues. Cheif guest comes late in events and only to enjoy dance and music no real work is done to facilititate people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Apr 19, 2011 - 7:38AM

    Great, i love it.
    Indonesia must love their batik. :)Recommend

  • dua
    Apr 20, 2011 - 10:10PM

    yu r right ghazanfar .. i attended thier workshop , indonesian ppl are irritating , i dnt liked themRecommend

  • Ghazanfar
    Apr 21, 2011 - 10:59AM

    @dua: Its not the people as a whole, normally Indonesian people are very friendly but they have issues like everyone. The problem is in their system, it is so corrupt and nothing makes sence. They have so much talent for handycraft that you can not imagine, I have never seen such wide variety of handy craft anywehre in world with such finesse. But my point is our Government and diplomats should make sure that they treat Pakistanies with respect like other nations and if they Indonesia can not then we should have similar processes in place for them so they understand the problem. Recommend

  • furqan
    Apr 21, 2011 - 11:46AM

    It was a pleasure watching Indonesians in our country showing cultural harmony. An excellent show by the kids…Recommend

  • dua
    Apr 30, 2011 - 1:42AM

    @Ghazanfar:
    ghazanafar contact me Recommend

  • Ghazanfar
    Apr 30, 2011 - 12:08PM

    @Dua
    What for?Recommend

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