Taking place in the grand and spacious lobby of Gran Melia Jakarta, “A Tribute to Iwan Tirta” was held. Attended by VIP guests, embassy representatives, and batik lovers of Jakarta, the tribute showcased 18 collections of kebaya set and exclusive batik patterns from the Iwan Tirta Private Collection that were paired with masterpiece accessories pieces by one of Indonesia’s legendary accessories designer, Rinaldy A Yunardi whose works have donned pop icons the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, propelling his name to world stage.
Presenting at the event was Era Soekamto, Creative Director of Iwan Tirta Private Collection who explained the design and also meanings of popular batik prints.
Ruth Abellan, General Manager Gran Meliá Jakarta said that Batik is now not only Indonesia’s cultural heritage. “It is a pride for anyone that wears it, regardless of nationality. This inspires us to collaborate with Iwan Tirta Collection for this tribute” she added.
The Iwan Tirta Private Collection was established by the late Iwan Tirta, whose purpose at first was to preserve and showcase his precious batik, pottery, and art collection from all over Indonesia. Now, the brand has become one of modern batik’s benchmark, with more than 10,000 of Iwan Tirta’s own design.