‘Humba Hammu’ Show by BIYAN

What: ‘Humba Hammu’ Show by BIYAN

Where: The Dharmawangsa Hotel, South Jakarta

When: November 15, 2017

Leading Indonesian designer Biyan Wanaatmadja has explored the many facets of Indonesian culture in his collections throughout his 30-year-plus career in the fashion industry. For his much awaited annual show in 2017, however, he decided to focus his laser-sharp eyes on the island of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, through a collection for his eponymous main line, which is entitled “Humba Hammu.”

Collaborating with Yori Antar, an architect who co-founded Rumah Asuh, an initiative to preserve traditional houses in the province, Biyan spun the rich textile heritage of Sumba into an array of looks that blend traditional elements with his contemporary, forward-looking silhouettes. Colorful and vibrantly patterned ikat textiles are incorporated into evening gowns and flowy separates through patchwork techniques, paying a respectful homage to the handiwork of the island’s artisans while at the same time making them relevant to the current times we live in. As is his signature, embroideries and appliques abound, lending sparkles to the relatively muted looks shown on the runway that evening. Also shown during the presentation are a number of playful menswear looks that mainly consist of deconstructed tailored pieces embroidered with the sacred motifs of Sumba.

In addition to the main show, Biyan also held a textile market in the hotel, where artisans from Sumba were invited to showcase and sell their works, creating a more intimate and hands-on experience for guests who want to know more about the extensive process it takes to create each piece of textile.

As media relations partner, ASA was responsible to invite media and press representatives to the press conference and fashion show.

Photographs: Courtesy of Davy Linggar Photography.