I have been always fascinated by the veil used in the Muslim culture, as I consider it an expression of femininity and elegance.
Despite the negative attributes that reference an archaic and oppressive society, I like to grasp more poetic aspects, related to the mystery and a to refined image of the woman.
The Jakarta Fashion Week (the largest fashion event in the Southeast Asia region) this year has featured 240 Indonesian designers/labels including those specializing in Moslem wear.
So I would like to bring under your attention the work of Dian Pelangi and Nur Zahra.
Dian Pelangi’s collection is a gorgeous explosion of colours and layering, that seems to me a fanciful desert explorer. Nur Zahra outfits look more traditional, bringing us back to the rural origins of the dress through a sweet and bucolic figure. Both the brands remind me the work of the Italian designer Antonio Marras, master in bringing into fashion the deep roots of his homeland, through meticulous research and high artistic expression.
Dian Pelangi http://dianpelangi.com/
Nur Zahra http://www.nurzahra.com