By Cempaka Kaulika for Khabar Southeast Asia in Jakarta
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.”
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