Everyday, we are surrounded by creative products, everything from the clothes we wear to the computers we use to the cellphones we chat on. But how many of those products are made by Indonesians? Pekan Produk Kreatif Indonesia (Creative Products Week), which opened on Wednesday at the Jakarta Convention Center, provides a platform for local entrepreneurs, manufacturers and artists to showcase their goods including, but not limited to, fashion, technology and music. The event runs through Sunday. In the fashion department, the exhibition features the works of leading fashion designers such as New York-based Auguste Soesastro, celebrated kebaya couture designer Anne Avantie, veteran designer Ghea Panggabean and many others linked to the fashion community through organizations such as Ikatan Perancang Mode Indonesia and Asosiasi Perancang Pengusaha Mode Indonesia. The designers are not just Indonesian, they also use distinctly Indonesian products in their clothing. For example, Priyo Oktaviano showcased dresses that employ a traditional Balinese fabric called songket, while others use batik. The exhibition also features some unique music-related exhibitors like Komunitas Pecinta Musik Indonesia, which is displaying its collection of 700 rare oldies cassettes, including those by the late Nike Ardila, Ireng Maulana and Vina Panduwinata. Some of are even for sale, starting from Rp 25,000 ($3) each. Bandung’s electro-influenced alternative duo, Bottlesmoker, is no less interesting. Anggung Kuy Kay and Ryan Nobie are taking part by displaying an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind instruments, including customized Nintendo video game consoles that they have modified to make music. The exhibition has something for technology enthusiasts too. There are various robot demonstrations, such as one by Mikrobot, the organizers of the Indonesian Robotic Olympiad. At the main lobby, you can see their “Soccer Robot,” which won the World Robot Olympiad 2010 against robots from Asia and Europe. Visitors who are interested in competing at the Indonesian Robotic Olympiad this August can meet with Mikrobot's representatives and learn more about the competition. The Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University and the Surabaya Institute of Technology are among those demonstrating their robots at the event. To raise awareness about the extensive programs available at schools, the exhibition also features vocational schools that excel in different fields — namely mechanics, fashion, hair and beauty, animation and art. The event offers 800 different exhibits to explore as well as discussions and performances of contemporary and traditional dances. Pekan Produk Kreatif Indonesia July 6 to 10 Jakarta Convention Center www.ppki2011.com written by Awis Mranani Source: The Jakarta Globe
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