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To motivate the locals in developing their potentials that helps to boost the people’s welfare, BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia) and Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (IACE) formed IKKON (Inovatif dan Kreatif melalui Kolaborasi Nusantara) in 2016. Up to this day, their program has reached 51 regencies and cities across Indonesia. The implementation of IKKON involves people from creative industries (architects, interior designers, product designers, visual communication designers, fashion designers, and textile designers), anthropologist, and business developer to collaborate with local industries.

The two outputs of IKKON BEKRAF’s programs, Mena Indonesia and Footloose Projects, had an opportunity to elaborate their products and programs through two thematic talk shows: “Design and Anthropology for Impact” and “Ilamari”. Held in A House, October 16, 2018, these talk shows were featured as one of the Bintaro Design District 2018 programs.

Mena Indonesia is one of the brands from IKKON Ngada 2016 Program at East Nusa Tenggara. This brand is created by a fashion designer, Laviani Raswari, and an anthropologist, Ni Nyoman Sri Natih. Mena Indonesia has produced fashion lines which are derived from Flores’ tenun. The products include outfits, necklaces, and earrings. Yet technically, the making of their products still follows the method used by local artisans, as they do not intend to ruin the traditions. Mena Indonesia chooses to turn tenun into simplified products as most travelers in Flores are backpackers that prefers small and handy souvenirs. Necklaces and earrings are indeed a simpler and smaller version compared to the bulky original tenun. Besides, the exploration done by Mena Indonesia brings new and unique takes on tenun.

Sri Natih is not only involved in designing fashion products but also in designing the “Experience Journey” concept – a tourism scenario exploring local villages in Ngada to provide community-based experiences.

The representative of Footloose Project explained their program “Ilamari”

Different from Mena Indonesia, the representative of IKKON Wakatobi 2018 described their program that uses design as a tool to create a sustainable infrastructure development, namely the Footloose Project. This program is reinforcing the local community by building a stronger connection between human, places, and knowledge of local materials.

This program focuses on Hoga Island in Wakatobi as the place where most of the Bajo tribe lives. At the present, Hoga has many less-maintained homestays, plastic waste issues along the beach line, yet abundant coconut trees. These are counted as an opportunity for the local community to develop infrastructures and products from local materials in Wakatobi. With the tagline “Ilamari” that means “let’s visit Wakatobi”, the representative of Footloose Project was hopeful that Bintaro Design District could be a platform to promote and attract more people to be involved in the program.

(Article by Hafizh F. Wahyu. English Text by Nurin Pramudani.)

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