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Muslim fashions light up Jakarta Fashion Week

by Cempaka Kaulika

Filed under: Fashion,Featured,Lifestyle |

The hundreds of hijab fashionistas attending day six of Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) proved once again that Muslim women don’t sacrifice creativity in their pursuit of modesty – and showed why Indonesia is aiming to become the trendsetter of the Muslim fashion world.

JFW 2013, staged this year at Plaza Senayan in Jakarta from November 3th – 12th, devoted one day to the Muslim fashion scene, showcasing designers on the cutting edge of Indonesia’s effort to become the capital of the Muslim fashion world by 2020.

With a growing market in countries such as Malaysia and the UAE, many Indonesian Muslimwear designers are highly regarded for their innovative approaches. Indonesian designers are regularly invited to Islamic fashion shows in Middle Eastern countries.

Fashion specialists say this creativity comes about because Islamic garb is seen as a choice and not a compulsion.

In Indonesia, “women who wear the hijab from day to day do it because of their own willingness to wear it,” Diaz Parzada, a creative director at Jakarta Fashion Week, told Khabar Southeast Asia. “There are no specific regulations requiring Muslim woman to wear the hijab. They use the hijab on their own, to live the teachings of their religion,” she said.

“That’s why I think Muslim dress is developing rapidly in Indonesia. Hijabers want to express themselves, be fashionable and observe religious precepts at the same time. Their creativity creates the variety of Muslim fashion in Indonesia.”

A “reference point” for Muslim fashion

Indonesia – with the world’s largest Muslim population, a variety of cultures and a wealth of creative resources – could become a fashion mecca well before 2020, the goal set by Indonesia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2010, some observers say.

“In my opinion, Indonesia clearly could be a major reference point for Muslim fashion. Although the government estimates by the year of 2020, I think the very rapid development of Muslim fashion could make it faster,” said Lovi Agustine, 29, a boutique owner who attended the show.

“I used to shop for global brands, but now, personally, I really like Indonesian designers. I’m buying local products, especially Muslim clothes,” she said.

Anty Widya, a 28 year-old entrepreneur, added, “Muslim fashion has a variety of new trends. Before, Muslim fashion tended to be monotonous and less stylish. Then in one year, the progress we see in Muslim fashion here has been very encouraging.”

They were among hundreds who flocked to see the Muslim fashion shows on November 8th. First came “Luxurious Modesty,” featuring four leading Muslim designers: Itang Yunasz, Irna Mutiara, Monika Jufry, and Ronald V. Gaghana.

Next up was a series of designers from the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs (APPMI). Three young designers from the hijaber community – Ria Miranda, Noni Zakiah, and Restu Anggraini – rounded out the segment.

“Reaching the goal of Indonesia as a Muslim fashion trendsetter by 2020 depends on how much the government is willing to support the sector,” said Nurul Adiyanti, a 23-year-old model and second runner-up in Muslimah Beauty 2011.

“My contribution is to buy Indonesian products and to promote them through the social media. Hopefully Indonesian Muslim fashion will have a large audience and be known globally,” she added.

That growth will bring benefits to all Indonesians, regardless of their religion or fashion tastes. According to Aries Mufti, an economic expert from the Indonesian Sharia Council, the Muslim fashion sector already contributed $7.5 billion to the Indonesian economy in 2011.

UmmMohammed 5pts

Asalamalaikum, here is a verse describing the fard for the wives of the Prophet (saw)....a lesson for women who really fear Allah and believe in the Day of Judgement - a bitter verse for those who hate Allah, meeting him and sacrificing for his sake.

"And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance" (Holy Quran: Al-Ahzab 33:33)

The word used by Allah Azza wa Jal for 'display yourself" is Tabarujj, and Jahilliyah is used for Ignorance.

What is Tabarruj?

Abdullaah 5pts

This is not a good thing - there seems to be a misunderstanding in the minds of the designers; Hijaab is not something to be designed in the sense of the appealling dress of fashion - this violates the concept of Hijaab. The Hijaab must remain within its own shariah stipulated bounds as the outer garment which has certain conditions to be fulfilled before it can be declared to be fulfilling the shariah ahkaam. These conditions include loose fitness, absence of bright colours, unstyled and opaque.

This does not mean that women cannot wear fashionable clothes - they can wear whatsoever pleases them and their husbands, but that is in reference to her clothes worn in the home and before her mahrams. the Hijaab is completely seperate to this.

Orchidee Vittoria
Orchidee Vittoria 5pts

Modern hijab but with limited. Should understood what's the exactly meaning of "Hijab"

Rehan Afzal
Rehan Afzal 5pts

i agree with Pri and always will...and i urge Muslimvillage not to r promote such things as hijab is not meant for fashion ...

Dewa Wardak
Dewa Wardak 5pts

I agree with you Pri that Hijab is not a fashion statement, however, there is no harm in wearing appropriate outfits that observe the rules of Hijab but look sophisticated and presentable as well. I believe you CAN wear jeans when you couple it with a long simple shirt. We should remember that although a lot of attention is given to the superficial appearance of women’s clothing, Hijab is not only about your outer garments. Hijab is a code of Muslimah manners and behaviour. I have seen many sisters wearing full black Hijabs but at the same time smoking in public, shouting at their children, using foul language, backbiting, not paying attention to their personal hygiene, and a general bad attitude.

Pri Yantini
Pri Yantini 5pts

I'm not against the fashion industry, but it comes for the muslims clothes? and the hijab? the hijab is a garment that should not show the woman's figure. jeans and certain obvious garments do not meet this requirement. Hijab is not a fashion statement and never was meant to be. it will atract the man even more.

Rob Kirkpatrick
Rob Kirkpatrick 5pts

Pri you can look nice and still be modest. The two are not mutually exclusive. Also there's nothing wrong with making money off of fashion and clothes, as long as it is earned in a halal way. If people want what you're selling, then sell it to them!

Pri Yantini
Pri Yantini 5pts

I'm Indonesian and I disagree with such a thing. hijab shouldn't be for fashionista, it will atract men even more. once again, we become the slave of the capitalist.

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