Sakiyna and I stood under our umbrellas outside of Industria. It had been raining all #NYFW and it didn’t look like it was going to let up anytime soon. As we entered the building, there was a strong sense of women empowerment which I felt from many of the women. Something I’m sure Vivi Zubedi would wanted all of us to feel.
NYFW.com reports that Zubedi has it is her mission to “support other entrepreneurs especially women entrepreneurs in South Kalimantan.” As she “intends to promote original fabrics from South Kalimantan (Pagatan Tenun/Woven and Sasirangan) to the international market.”
Guest at Vivi Zubedi's FW18 NYFW show. Image captured by SANGLUI CREATIVE
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Something that was rather evident on the runway, as the Indonesian designer effortlessly blended her home traditional wear with mainstream fashion. These traditional designs that which are being preserved by the women of Kalimantan, are now for the world to see, with the help of Zubedi.
Pearl embellishments cover velvet garments that brightly shine down the runway. As the models struck the ground in simultaneously with every electronic beat, they took their time for us to see Zubedi’s work. Some of their eyes covered by the shadows casted from the hats, that read "Banua Borneo" . Other’s face fully illuminated by the bright lights, as their hair remained concealed under beautiful hijabs.
I was actually saddened when the show ended, but happy that I got to witness Zubedi’s work in person. And although I am not Indonesian , I am still very proud of Zubedi’s efforts to preserve her native traditions whilst simultaneously giving back to the women of Kalimantan communities.
Designer Vivi Zubedi at her FW18 presentation at NYFW. Image by Zimbio.com