Indonesian Culture Week: Colours and music of Indonesia invade Islamabad

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.

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