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APEC photo-op highlights Indonesian fabric Endek
Oct '13
courtesy: Viva/Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf
courtesy: Viva/Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf
The photo-op session at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (AEPC) meeting in Nusa Dua saw politicos wearing shirts made of indigenous Indonesian fabric Endek, handed out by the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The photo, carried by several media, brought the Balinese fabric under the global radar.
In fact, Endek is fast gaining prominence in the international fashion scene, where designers are constantly looking up to various traditional textiles for inspiration.
After Batik, the Balinese fabric has become one of the most sought after Indonesian textiles, which is woven in more than 225 motifs and patterns.
Though produced all over the Province of Bali, each area has got its distinctive signature design on the fabric that is mainly made from cotton or silk.
Made using natural dyes like soga brown, indigo, dark green, maroon and black, the Endek fabric features motifs of animals, puppets, flowers and celebrated Balinese mythological figures.
Earlier used only by nobles as dainty innerwear pieces, the fabric is now used in regular day-to-day wear, upholstery, home apparels and for other creative purposes, such as high-end designerwear.
In recent years, Indonesian fashion designer Sonny Muchlison and others have created high-end clothing using Endek.

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