Friday, 19 January 2018

Bonjour 2018, Adieu 2017: JET’s Annual Style File

As one rings in the coming year, one would contemplate one’s life in the passing year in order to set a new resolution. Each triumphant achievement and every heart-wrenching setback, beautiful love story and tearful experience, faithful friendship and the not-too-fair-weather type of colleagues. All of these have shaped us.

Similar to the outfits that one wears. In my case, my Mom has always taught me that it is the person that made the outfit and not, in fact never, the other way around. I try to practice my Mom’s advice in my daily look. Either to attending work at Foreign Ministry or completing my PhD in Sydney University, Australia, either from being sworn in as a Deputy Director in Jakarta or going to the church for Sunday mass.

Indonesian Batik, Tenun, Ikat are my preferred option of attires. Not only that they are comfortable to wear and handsome to look at, but they are also Indonesian cultural icons. Thus, by putting on these intricate detailed garments, one would also promote Indonesia’s cultural diplomacy through fashion.

The new year should bring out the best in each of us. In this connection, perhaps it is wise to review our looks from the previous year, in order to set our fashion target for 2018. Having said that, I welcome you to enjoy and review my annual style file.

Have a fab 2018 dear friends!

Cheers to all of us, may we showcase our brilliant best in any field throughout this year.

Stay updated with JET’s commitment in fore-fronting Indonesian fashion in IG (@JETANDJUNG) and Facebook Page (JET Fashion Diplomacy).

Ps. Catatan Kecil untuk Sahabats Fashionista dan Rekans Diplomat

Tahun baru adalah momen yang tepat untuk mengkaji pekerjaan dan studi kita. Demikian juga dengan opsi busana dan penampilan kita, seiring berjalannya waktu, penting kiranya kita semakin memperhatikan bahwa cara berbusana kita mewakili karakter kita. Don’t we want to look smart and stylish? Or do we prefer to look shabby? The answer is entirely yours, dear fab friends and amazing colleagues. But never forget that the answer that you choose will totally represent and define yourself to others.

Promosi busana Indonesia dapat dimulai hal-hal yang tampak kecil tetapi signifikan artinya, misalnya dari syal Batik kecil yang dapat dikenakan sebagai penutup leher saat berwisata. Contoh lainnya adalah dari busana pilihan saat pelantikan atau pengangkatan jabatan. Cobalah mengenakan busana Tenun, Batik, Ikat, Songket yang mencerminkan bahwa meskipun kita adalah anggota masyarakat Indonesia abad ke-21 yang modern, kita tetap menghargai warisan budaya Nusantara melalui busana karya anak bangsa.

The Tandjungs at Christmas Eve Mass at the newly renovated Cathedral of Good Shepherd Church in Singapore, 24 December 2017.

Mom added Indonesian Batik scarf to complete her burgundish jacket, while JET and Dad wore shirts made from Tenun Makassar (hand-woven) crafted  in South Sulawesi.

With the beautiful and kind-hearted Madam Yasmin Fachir, spouse of Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister, at the birthday luncheon of H.E. Dr AM Fachir, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, at their residence.

For this luncheon gathering, JET is dressed in a lilac lavender colored Batik shirt, designed by my own Mother.

Inauguration for Deputy Directors of Legal Affairs and Socio-Cultural Treaties in Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Formal event such as inauguration could be the perfect time and place to showcase Indonesian stunning creations. Proudly dressed in Tenun Sumba jacket designed by Handy Hartono. Instead of wearing a boring and old style suit for one’s inauguration, JET chose a button less Tenun Sumba jacket, combined with an orange colored tie, white shirt and black skinny pants. Sublime hey?! JJJ

With Dr. iur. Damos Agusman, Director General for Legal Affairs and International Treaties, visiting Mr Endy Bayuni, Editor in Chief, and Mr Kornelius Purba (Deputy Vice Chair). 

A greenish emerald Batik shirt is JET’s choice of shirt for working attire.

In between these beautiful Models, each wearing Indonesian and Australian creative designs. Hosted by H.E. Mr Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, the event showcased the most beautiful designs.

JET wore my Mother-designed Batik asymmetrical shirt.

With the charming and talented H.E. Madam Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko-Singgih, shortly after her inauguration as the Expert Staff to Foreign Minister on Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs.

Designed by Kunce Manduapessy, JET’s shirt is crafted from Batik Tuban, which is renowned for its darker shade and woven material. Batik Tuban is an elegant example of Batik that could be worn also in colder climate countries.

Mom’s 72nd Birthday Luncheon
Presenting the best collection from Nita Seno Adji. Grateful to have my dearest fab friends presenting the collection, including Maharani Djody-Subandhi, Sari Nila, Celina Dave Laksono.

JET wore Batik shirt creation by Guruh Sukarno Putra, the youngest son of Indonesia’s First President.

Hosting “Fashion Diplomacy: Indonesian Designs Penetrate Australian Market” in Indonesia Fashion Week, February 2017.

My hand-woven jacket from Sumba is designed by Handy Hartono.

Re-united with the charming Rory Asyari, former newscaster of METRO TV in Wedari Show by Djarum Bakti Budaya.

JET wore vintage golden embellished Batik shirt by the late Iwan Tirta. The shirt is a family heirloom from my Father.

Special visit to House of Batik Komar with Madam Yasmin Fachir, Madam Virna Mayerfas, Madam Ermita Damos, Madam Sari Percaya and spouses of Director Generals in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Madam Fachir, and several ladies wore Mega Mendung Batik which depicted cloudy sky, a signature pattern from Cirebon. JET wears a Parang patterned Batik shirt by Fay’s Batik.

The Launching of Indonesia Beautiful 2: with The Honorable Dr Yayan Mulyana, Indonesian Consul General to New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia (2014-2017), and Madam Irene Mulyana.

JET wore a hand-embroidered coat by Ariy Arka for Abee Indonesia. Madam Mulyana wore midnight blue kebaya and matching sash with hand-painted Batik sarong from House of Batik Komar.

Not even Winter could deter JET’s passion in promoting fab Indonesian designs.

Here is toting my beloved bag, designed by Novita Yunus for Batik Chic.

The enigmatic Jenny Kee, Australian beloved designer and artist. JET wore a kimono-type Batik shirt by Dana Duryatna for Priya.

Oh and I could easily rock on a Prince-of-Wales patterned suit with my Batik pouch from Novita Villanueva for Envy Batik.

With H.E. Mr Mansyur Pangeran, Indonesian Ambassador to Senegal and Madam Febie Mirashanti. Dressed in vintage Batik shirt with Kawung pattern, designed by Novita Yunus for Batik Chic.

Dressed in Nita Seno Adji’s Batik shirt emblazoned with a red dragon hand-embroidery to mark the Chinese New Year of Rooster, in front of Sydney Opera House.

Photo take by Mario Hiutama, a famed photographer for fashion, lifestyle and scenery.



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Immense Potential of Indonesian Fashion and Batik to Penetrate Australian Market

To mark the beginning of the Second Indonesia Beautiful fashion show, Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney has hosted the Business and Media Meeting with Indonesian designers on 11 May 2017.

Officially launched by Dr Yayan Mulyana, Indonesian Consul General in Sydney, the meeting aims to serve as a platform for Indonesian designers to develop business contacts with their Australian counterparts as well as media coverage.

JET is proud to serve as a Moderator in the prestigious event featuring Australian fashion luminaries, namely Glynis Trail-Nash (Fashion Editor, The Australian), Alison Veness-McGourty (Editor in Chief, 10 Magazine) and Justin Cudmore (Lawyer, Marquee Law Firm).

Presenting “Overview of Australian fashion”, Glynis has highlighted the importance of product DNA which differentiate one designer’s creation with another. In short, a product should be desirable to its potential buyer.

Alison, who presented “The Role of Australian Fashion Chamber and Potential of Australian Market to Indonesian Designers”, underlined that public private partnership is essential in strengthening the close cooperation between government and private sectors in boosting local fashion industry. She points out that, under the auspice of Australian Foreign Minister, the AFC has been tasked to promote Australian creative talents in abroad through “Australian Designers in Abroad” programme, including in Paris and Jakarta. This programme is supported by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and accordingly by Australian Embassies in the world’s fashion capitals, including in Paris and Jakarta.

Designers’ know how on budget allocation, marketing technique, legal rules including the Intellectual Property Rights and taxes, are the sort of qualities that a good designer should possess or learn as stated by Justin, who is also a member of Australian Fashion Chamber’s Board of Director.

Indonesian Fashion and Batik holds immense potentials to tap the Australian market were thoroughly highlighted by the speakers. The centuries old tradition of Batik as well as other traditional textile topped with the unique Indonesian culture from Sabang to Merauke as well as the creativity of designers are undoubtedly the strong points of Indonesian fashion. These strong points should be complemented with designers’ constant innovation to meet the foreign customers’ demands. The change of weather in Northern and Southern Hemisphere should be taken into account too, such as swimming attire with Batik pattern in Summer and warm bomber jacket with Ikat pattern in Winter.

Another pertinent point arising from the discussion is the need to separate two different markets for Indonesian fashion and Batik. The first market aimed at more general consumers which underline a not-too-pricey Batik or textile with Batik pattern. Another market aims to cater the high-end customers who appreciate premium Batik products, namely hand-painted and hand-stamped Batik.

The growing importance of creating a ‘product story’ behind the making of Batik or Ikat or a piece of clothing. Each major fashion house now includes the behind-the-scene making of an attire or accessory, including the inspiration. The necessity of online retail to designers working in the 21st century as well as the selection of proper social media would also enhance the image and name of the designer as well as its brand.

The meeting has been attended not only by fashion business entrepreneurs but also fashion and cultural journalists, including from SBS Australia.

Never miss JET’s whirlwind fashion diplomacy events by following Instagram (@JETANDJUNG) and Facebook (JET’s Fashion Diplomacy Page).

“The example of fashion diplomacy between Indonesia and Australia is seen by the active promotion of Australian and Indonesian Foreign Ministers”, as stated by JET who served as Moderator at the event.

JET, dressed in Jenny Kee’s Koompartoo knitwear. In English, Koompartoo means “A New Beginning” (IG: @jennykeeoz).

Fashion Wefie with Australian foremost fashion figures
(L-R): Mr Justin Cudmore (Australian Fashion Chamber), Alison Veness-McGourty (Editor, 10 Magazine), Ms Glynis Traill-Nash (Editor, The Australian) and JET.

Sharing an engaging discussion with the three speakers.

The moderator in action.

My classy yet catchy Batik trousers are designed by Mr Erdan (IG: @erdanmardani)

“Indonesian Fashion and Batik holds immense potentials to tap the Australian market” as underlined by Glynis, the charismatic fashion editor of The Australian newspaper.

Batik galore for speakers!
After the show, the designers presented various Batik shawls for the designers as a token of appreciation.

Dr Yayan Mulyana (Consul General of Indonesia) with Madam Irene Mulyana and JET welcomed the speakers.

Monochromatic Jenny Kee is handsomely complemented with Erdan’s Batik trousers.