Indonesian fashion designer Denny Wirawan has collaborated once more with the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, presenting his latest collection of Balijava Batik Kudus in a fashion show entitled Wedari. Held at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, the fashion show showcased an array of captivating ready-to-wear and deluxe ready-to-wear collections that feature the fine and complex characteristics of isen-isen in batik Kudus.
The name of the collection itself, Wedari, means a flower garden in the palace of the ancient kings—a place where all types of beautiful flowers grow. The collection was presented in four sequences: Sekar Murni, Taman Sari, Ganda Arum and Ningrat. For Denny, Wedari is a reflection of his journey in life and his 20-year career in the fashion industry—the beauty of Wedari is a source of endless inspiration.
“What is so special about Wedari is that I got involved from the beginning, starting from picking and painting batik Kudus’ motif. Together with Agam Riadi and batik Kudus craftsmen, I would like to reveal a variety of unpublished motifs and isen-isen of batik Kudus,” says Denny, “Batik Kudus is a wastra that is rich in cultural value and it needs to be preserved.”
The evening show was harmonious, combining elements of culture, dance, stage setting and video mapping by Indonesia’s talented young artists, as well as beautiful music composed by Yovie Widianto. The rich touch of traditional batik Kudus goes hand in hand with Central Java’s melodious music which made the show a memorable experience for the audience, who were also spoiled with gorgeous details and diverse pattern displayed by Denny. Yovie himself was heavily inspired by the philosophy of Wedari and batik Kudus, and for the show, he exclusively composed four new songs entitled "Nyanyian Dewa", "Cantiknya Jawaku", "Sekar Wangi" and "Ojo Lirik-lirik."
Programme Director of the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, Renitasari Adrian, also commented on Denny Wirawan’s new collection: “Through Wedari, we want to inspire fashionistas and the general public to love Indonesian culture. Our hope is that more and more young people in the creative industry are interested to exhibit Indonesian fabric as inspiration for their work so that Indonesian traditional culture, particularly batik, will always be a prima donna in our beloved country.”