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ANewsletter of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bern, Switzerland

The Art of an Indonesian Artist in Liechtenstein

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In this Issue
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News & Features From the Newsroom.....

4 News Roundup

8 Celebrating Mother’s Day

10 The Art of Fauzie As’ad

Dear readers,

12 Revitalitations of weaving Songket It’s spring time! Shiny and colorful, resembles our magazine Aneka Indonesia. We are hop-
15 Potentials and Oppurtunities ing that you and your family are in good health to enjoy the upcoming summer. In this
edition, we highlight the revitalization of Sumatra Songket weaving, one of the most fas-
cinating handicraft from Sumatra, by a Swiss, whose desire is to revive the old motives of
Songket Indonesia. In the tourist destination section, we invite you to take a closer look to
Business & Political Affairs the province of South Sumatra, which is not only famous for its Songket, but also for its
bridge and its traditional cuisine, Pempek, which recipe you can try on page 24.
7 Indonesia Economic Outlook 2009

Meanwhile, this spring edition of Aneka Indonesia will also provide the readers with a re-
18 Heimtextil 2009
port on the painting exhibition of Indonesian famous artist in Switzerland, who currently
lives in Liechtenstein, Fauzie As`ad, as well as a report on the second Indonesian Diashow

17 Destination Indonesia in 9 cities across Switzerland and Germany, by Dominique Wirz, a Swiss, who has traveled
almost all provinces in Indonesia and collected memorable impressions in Indonesia, from
20 South Sumatra the marvelous island of Sumatra, then continued to the exotic island of Java, the paradise
island of Bali, the solely island of Sulawesi and lastly to the surprising island of Papua. In
24 Recipe: Mpek-mpek Palembang
this edition, we also bring you up to date on the situation in Indonesia, the Embassy’s activi-
25 Quick tips for travelers ties and the progress of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Switzerland over the past
26 Calendar of Events four months.

Last but by no means least, we would like to appeal to the readers to help improve Aneka
The Embassy Indonesia both in terms and contents and make it more enjoyable to read. Therefore please

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News roundup
growth--which recorded 6.1 percent in
2008 despite the global slowdown--and its
desire for greater integration in the global
economy. Southeast Asia’s largest economy
will therefore be joining those of Colombia,
Egypt, Ghana, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam
in sharing some 800 million Swiss francs,
which the Swiss Federal Council has already
provided to the State Secretariat for Economic
Affairs (SECO) to implement the program. The
latter will consist of mobilizing both domestic
and foreign investment, strengthening
US eyes Indonesia as key partner
competitiveness and trade diversification, as
With its giant population and moderate brand well as stabilizing basic economic conditions
of Islam, Indonesia is fast emerging as a and improving basic infrastructure.
cornerstone US partner for President Barack
Swiss investments in Indonesia are already
Obama’s administration, observers say,
much higher than in other Asian countries such
following the visit to Indonesia of the top US
as India, South Korea, Malaysia or Vietnam.
diplomat, Agence France-Presse reported.
Realized Swiss investments reached US$21
Obama spent four years of his childhood in million for the first six months of 2008 and
Swiss cumulative investments topped US$ 2,2 This will entitle Indonesian passport holders
Jakarta and his secretary of state, Hillary
billion and are expected to continue growing. with a valid Schengen visa to enter Switzerland
Clinton, took a nearly 6,000-km detour
Bilateral trade has also increased. Indonesia without the need for an additional Swiss
to Jakarta from 18 to 19 February 2009,
imports mostly machinery, foodstuffs, visa, as well to enter all the other Schengen
between Tokyo and Seoul on her first official
chemicals, medicine and medical equipment member states. The Indonesian Government,
visit abroad.
from Switzerland, which in turn imports mainly for its part, seeks to encourage Swiss
Clinton said the US is committed to building a furniture, textiles, garments and footwear, as visitors by including Switzerland on its list of
“comprehensive partnership” with Indonesia. well as products such as tea, coffee and cocoa twenty-one countries whose citizens benefit
Clinton said in Jakarta, that Indonesia, being was “underdeveloped” considering the from Indonesia. Imports of textiles, garments from the Visa on Arrival (VoA) policy which
the largest Muslim nation in the world, the archipelago’s vast size and economic and business networks and initiatives. and footwear have seen the most significant it recently introduced. With both countries
third-largest democracy, will play a leading potential. The US is not the only country to Some 75 Swiss companies are currently increase, although Switzerland is also actively drawing ever closer on a number of fronts
role in the promotion of that shared future. heap more importance on relations with operating in Indonesia in sectors such as cooperating with Indonesia’s National Agency and bilateral relations at new heights, the
Indonesia. Prosperous Switzerland said last banking, chemicals, foodstuffs, insurance for Export Development, particularly in the time has therefore never been better to
In November, President Susilo Bambang week it had chosen Indonesia as one of the and pharmaceuticals, and many more are areas of fishing and seafood, agricultural invest in or visit Indonesia.
Yudhoyono also appealed during a visit to priority countries in Asia for development of a expressing an interest to join them. As a products, handicrafts, educational toys and
Washington for a “strategic relationship” with new partnership, The Jakarta Post reported. result, cumulative investments in Indonesia furniture. Data from the Indonesian Central
the United States. have, to date, reached US$ 2,2 billion, with Statistics Agency (BPS) show that bilateral
Source: Coordinating Minister for Economic increased growth expected in the future. Both trade jumped from US$339.38 million in
Jonah Blank, the chief policy adviser on South Affairs Republic of Indonesia countries are also debating the possibility of 2003, to US$668.90 million in 2007. However,
and Southeast Asia for the Senate Foreign establishing a Joint Economic Commission to the year 2008 will remain a milestone in the
Relations Committee, said Obama had a further strengthen the partnership. Things trading history between the two countries,
“golden opportunity” to make Indonesia a couldn’t get much better. Except they just with trade increasing 64.4 percent in the first
pivotal US partner. Blank said there is greater Swiss-Indonesian relations soar have. 10 months of 2008 to US$907.03 million,
optimism now than any other point since the to new heights
up from US$551.74 million during the same
founding of Indonesia as a modern nation- Indeed, Switzerland has recently included
Bilateral relations between Switzerland and period in 2007.
state. Indonesia on its list of seven priority countries
Indonesia have never been better, particularly destined to benefit from increased cooperation Also in 2008, Switzerland became a member
Lt. Col. Desmond Walton, who handles in the economic sector. Bilateral trade has from 2008-2012. The Swiss decision was of the Schengen Area, entitling it to issue
Southeast Asia policy at the Pentagon, reached record double-digit growth, helped motivated by Indonesia’s impressive economic Schengen visas valid for up to three months.
said the US relationship with Indonesia by growing Swiss-Indonesian diplomatic

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Bandung declared most pleasant

Indonesian Economic Outlook for 2009
Bandung has been elected the most pleasant The dynamics of the Indonesian economy are
city by an international survey institute, very closely interlinked with the global and
Mercer. regional economy and influenced by progress
improvements in the investment climate, in-
“I was informed by Regional Administration frastructure, productivity, competitiveness
Secretary Edi Siswadi that Bandung has been and domestic supply constraints. Therefore,
elected the most pleasant city by Mercer, due to the recent global economic crisis,
an international survey institute,” Bandung Indonesian government has revised its eco-
Mayor, Dada Rosada, said here Thursday. nomic growth target downward to 4.7% from
the previous level of 5% under the impact
He said that Mercer released the result of the of slackening global demand for Indonesian
survey on February 2, 2009 in Jakarta. products, according to Finance Minister Sri
Mulyani Indrawati on January 2009.
The Mercer survey is unlike the data of the
KPK (corruption eradication commission) that
“The worst-case scenario for Indonesia’s ex-
Bandung has the poorest public services.
port growth would be zero expansion. The to-
to the dollar, after weakening due to global Goeltom said that inflationary pressures as a
He said that unlike the KPK survey about tal value of exports could grow by 0% to 5%,
factors. result of administered commodity and volatile
public services, the Mercer survey covered much lower than the 9% to 10% in 2008,”
food prices would decline as well. “This will
the facilities of cities. (*) she said. The initial growth target was no
Bank Indonesia cut interest rates by 50 basis be in line with guaranteed supplies and food
longer realistic as the decrease in export and
points from the current 8.75% to 8.25%, in distribution in 2009,” she added. She said the
import volumes has been biting since October
line with analyst expectations. It was the third impact of fuel oil cuts in December 2008 and
2008, earlier than expected, Indrawati said.
cut in as many months. January 2009 was reflected in the deflation
The government meanwhile replaced Ari Soe- recorded in the past two months. If this was
Inflation for full-year 2008 was recorded at
marno as president director of state oil and followed by a cut in transport fares, inflation-
9.17% and fell to 0.07% on-month in Janu-
gas company Pertamina, installing upstream ary pressures could be minimized.
ary, The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS)
director Karen Agustiawan in his place. Agus-
reported. Exports slumped 9.57% month-on-
tiawan pledged after her inauguration to in- Goeltom said she was convinced that the in-
month in December, after falling 11.09% in
crease oil production and to improve the dis- flation target set at 6.2% in the state budget
November. On an annual basis, value dipped
tribution of oil products in the country. would be achieved. “These conditions are ex-
20.56% in December, compared with a 2.36%
pected to give a chance to BI to lower its rate
fall in the previous month, BPS said. Import
2009 inflation estimated at 5%: BI and banks are also expected to follow suit,
value fell 11.67% on a monthly basis in De-
including BI’s three-month certificates (SBI),”
cember, after falling 17.87% in November.
Inflation in 2009 could be at the lower range she said.
of the Bank Indonesia (BI) projection of 5%
Bank Indonesia Senior Deputy Governor, Mi-
to 7%, according to BI Senior Deputy Gover- The Central Bureau of Statistics said that con-
randa S. Goeltom confirmed the country’s
nor Miranda S. Goeltom. “BI’s latest assess- sumer prices rose 9.17% on-year in January
economy might be expanding more slowly
ment indicates inflation can be at the lower and fell 0.07% on-month. Finance Minister
than expected. She said the fiscal stimulus
range of BI’s projection,” she told a hearing Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the result was “the
prepared by the government could signifi-
with House of Representatives Commission XI, best” in many years and put Indonesia on
cantly boost public consumption and help to
which deals with financial affairs. She said that course for inflation of around 5% by August.
sustain the desired level of economic expan-
inflation could be curbed to a lower level of
5% as a result of reduced imported inflation Source :
Both Goeltom and the finance minister said
and declining international commodity prices Trade and Investment News, Ministry Coordi-
inflation was likely to come in at 5% in 2009,
as well as minimal output gap pressures and nator for. Economic Affairs, Republic of Indo-
while Indrawati added that the rupiah had
controlled inflation. nesia
found a new equilibrium at around Rp 11,000

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About Us
Celebrating Mother’s Day The Embassy details

Address: Elfenauweg 51, 2006 Bern, Switzerland

Opening hours: 09.00—12.00 (consular section)
Telephone: + 44 (0) 31 352 0983-5
Telefax: + 44 (0) 31 351 6765
On 20 December 2008, the Indone- Website:
sian Embassy in Bern and Dharma
Wanita Persatuan KBRI Bern (the
Union of Indonesian Diplomat’s
Wives, who stationed in Bern) or-
ganized its annual Mother’s Day INDONESIAN EMBASSY OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS FOR 2009
which aimed at appreciating the
role of mother in raising the chil-
dren and taking a good care of the 1. Friday, 10 April, Good Friday (Wafat Yesus Kristus)

family not forgetting its role in sup- 2. Monday, 13 April, Easter Monday, Ostermontag
porting the husband as a Diplomat.
3. Saturday, 9 May, Birthday Anniversary of Buddha (Hari Raya Waisak 2553)
The event was held in Petruskirche
Gemeinde, Bern, from 12 pm un- 4. Thursday, 21 May, Ascension Day of Jesus Christ (Kenaikan Isa Almasih)
til noon, which were attended by 5. Monday, 1 June, Whitemonday, Pfingsmontag
nearly 200 guests. The Ambassa-
dor, H.E. Lucia H. Rustam delivered 6. Monday, 20 July, Ascension Day of Prophet Muhammad (Isra Mi’raj Nabi
her speech at the ceremony which Muhammad)
marked the opening of this event.
After the ceremony, Dharma Wanita
Persatuan KBRI Bern, performed
Indonesian popular songs, such as
Antara Anyer dan Jakarta and Jali –
jali and salsa dance. The children
were also participated in the event
by playing Angklung and perfomed
Indonesian modern dances. Lastly,
the visitors were allowed to enjoy
Indonesian cuisines, prepared by
Dharma Wanita Persatuan KBRI
Bern, and musical entertainment by
Mr. Candra Darusman, Indonesian
famous singer.

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The Art of Fauzie As`Ad

Fauzie`s Statement

“I have no doubt that Art is an interna-

tional Language for human beings to ex-
change emotion and express universali-
ties. Art has given me the possibilities of
combining the clear and definite north
geometric lines with free and dynamic flow
of south organic forms, as well as uniting
the east and west energetic influences in
my work until when I am working I can not Education
see the borderlines between the north, Workshops, Culture Exchange and Symposium
east, south and west.” 1974-1987 School in Bekasi and Tasik-
malaya, West-Java, Indonesia. Site Specific Art, Art Collaboration Indonesian-Australian in Yogyakarta (1993).
1987-1988 Student at the Academy of Experimental Art at Duta Plaza Bekasi, Bekasi West-Java (1993).
From February 1 to March 8, 2009, Interior Design in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Fauzie As`ad, Indonesian artist living in Workshops at social work Program for Underdeveloped Village in Wonosari Yogyakarta
Liechtenstein, has conducted his painting 1989-1994 Study at Indonesian Art Insti- 0(1994).
exhibition at the Galerie am Leewasser, tute of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Brunnen, Switzerland, with theme: Kunst Workshops-Art Collaboration with Militansi Seni Rupa Soboman 219 for Jogja Biennale
ist Grenzenlos möglich/ Art knows no 1997 Study How to work with Marble at VII (2005).
limit, which were attended by many arts “Laboratorio Scultura Luigi Corsanini” in
lovers in Switzerland, curators, and the Carrara, Italy. Artist Exchange Liechtenstein-Senegal (1998).
Ambassador of the Republic of Indone-
sia in Bern, H.E. Mrs. Lucia H. Rustam. Artist Exchange Liechtenstein-Indonesien (2002).
Many of his paintings, which price rang-
ing from 999 Swiss francs to more than Skulpturenwoche Bellevue-Quai Brunnen, Swiss (1999).
1987-1988 Scholarship from Pro Patria
18000 Swiss francs, are sold out within Foundation at the Academy of Interior De-
a week. His sculptures are to be seen at Internationales Bildhauersymposion Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany(2001).
sign, Jakarta.
the centre of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, mak-
ing Fauzie As`ad, one of Indonesian artist Internationales Bildhauersymposion in Mühlendorf-Teltow, Germany (2001).
1990-1993 Scholarship from Department
with international reputation, we should Dielsdorfer sKULpTUR Werkstadt, Zürich, Swiss (2003).
of Culture and Education of Indonesian
be proud of. Government.
7th. China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium, Jilin Province, China
Biography 1997 VP Bank- Cultural Scholarship from
VP Bank Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
“Man ist was man isst” Art Collaboration mit MSR S219 in Bukit Menoreh Yogyakarta,
Born: September 1st. 1968 in Bekasi,
Indonesia (2005).
West-Java, Indonesia. 2000-2001 Culture Scholarship from The
Government of Liechtenstein; Study tour,
Living and Working since 1995 as an Art- Museums and Galleries Visit in Berlin,
ist in Principality of Liechtenstein. Paris and London.

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During extensive travels in Asia together with

Revitalization of songket weaving

his wife, Bernhard Bart’s attention was drawn
to the weaving handicrafts, especially the art
of making textiles, the different techniques as

in West Sumatra
well as the patterns and motifs of textiles.

During six months (1977/78) they travelled

from Medan eastwards all through Indonesia
till Ambon and were overwhelmed by the many
different kinds of textiles produced: From the
west - the famous ulos of the Bataks in North
Sumatra - till far to the east - the tie-dyed
cloth called ikat on Tanimbar Island in South
East Maluku.

In 1996 he went to Padang, West Sumatra,

in order to learn Bahasa Indonesia. He not
only learnt the language, but also learnt a lot
about the special weaving technique called
“songket” of the Minangkabau people in West
Sumatra. Songket is a kind of “brocade”. It
is woven in supplementary weft technique,
which means that the supplementary, usually
metallic gold and silver threads form the pat-
In books he read that songket weaving in West
Sumatra almost completely stopped with the
Japanese occupation in 1942. The know-how
of the old techniques, the knowledge about
traditional patterns and pattern arrange-
ments was no longer handed down from one
generation to the other and therefore was al-
ready almost lost when, after independence,
the production started again. But the fineness
and extreme variety of the old motifs was
never reached again. He noticed that today’s
weavers no longer reproduce the old motifs
because old cloths, which could serve as ob- textiles he found in museums and antique fore World War II) have been photographically
jects of reference and comparison, are very shops he knew something had to be done in documented and more than eight hundred
hard to find. Besides, the weaving of the old, order to keep alive the knowledge about this patterns have been computerized and are
very intricate motifs and patterns is more dif- old artistic handicraft. ready to be woven again.
ficult, requires higher skills from the weavers
Bernhard Bart was born in 1947 in Bern. After having completed the regular schools in and, above all, is much more time consuming He began to collect data about Minangkabau By the way, his collection of songket textiles
Bern he studied architecture at the Technical High School in Burgdorf and then worked as than the weaving of contemporary patterns. songket - the patterns, the pattern arrange- consists mostly of photographs and he has
In West Sumatra, he found only three weavers
architect at different places in Switzerland until 1996. His only daughter from his first mar- at two places who still knew about the tradi-
ments, the materials used - wherever and only very few pieces of real textiles which he
whenever he could. At first, the main task keeps as objects of reference for his work. In
riage died from cancer in 2006. He has a grandson aged 12 years. Together with his second tional way of songket weaving. was to photograph the old patterns and to his opinion, these old textiles, witnesses of a
wife he, now lives most of the year in Batutaba near Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, and visits transform them into computer patterns, which former time, should not be sold but kept in
Switzerland from time to time. When he saw the poor quality textiles avail- could then be used as templates for the weav- the families.
able on the market and compared them with ers. Up to now, more than one thousand two
the richness and fineness of the old songket hundred old Minangkabau textiles (woven be-

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or revive something beauti-

ful, a fascinating handicraft,
including the techniques and
tion at this place will have started again and
is working well, he hopes to be able to have
another exhibition.
Potentials and Opportunities
materials used in former
times. But then, through Tradition is still quite strong in West Sumatra
his Indonesian friends, he and he is convinced that, as long as the adat
became aware that it was is the basic foundation of the daily life of
also an important tool to the Minangkabau people, as long as certain
strengthen the identity of textiles are worn at certain occasions, and,
the matrilineal Minang- above all, as long as people are conscious
kabau people in view of of the meaningfulness of these textiles, his
the invasion by economical project will successfully go on and the art of
and cultural globalization, weaving sophisticated Minangakabau song-
because each motif has kets will endure. But on the other hand, he
a specific philosophical wishes more private initiative: Indonesia is
meaning and does not very rich at raw materials (wood, rattan, gam-
only serve as an orna- bir, palm oil, gas, rubber, and many more),
ment as in other re- which should not just be exported as done
gions. Each motif also today, but processed first, thus creating more
has a name and repre- labour and income. Then it would be possible,
sents an object, which for instance, to obtain silk “made in Indone-
is a symbol for an adat sia”, which is quite difficult at the moment.
saying. Thus, the song-
ket motifs are a means When asked why he - as an architect - is so
to preserve the culture fascinated by the weaving techniques he an-
and the identity of the Minangkabau people, swers: “There are many similarities between
and they are as well a medium to transmit the architecture and the weaving handicraft:
teaching of the adat, since the Minangkabau Whether building a house or creating a woven Bernhard Bart, when was the first time Second, the history: In the relatively small West Sumatra are the finest in Indonesia and
Another task was to look for the right materials tradition is not left on record. textile, you have to consider the habits of the that you came to Indonesia? area of the highlands of West Sumatra, the belong to the finest hand-woven brocade tex-
and he found it quite difficult to obtain threads people you work for. The house as well as the heartland of the Minangkabau people, there tiles of the world.
- cotton, silk and gold and silver threads - of Besides of producing replicas of traditional cloth has to be designed and calculated, and I visited Indonesia for the first time in 1977. used to be many different weaving centres
the same fine quality as used in former times. songket textiles, the Studio Songket Erika- everything has to be planned in advance. You Together with my wife I travelled during 6 (for example Koto Gadang, Limapuluh Kota, Besides, for the Minangkabau people each
He also had to construct new looms and to Rianti also tries to transform the traditional have to know about the materials and their months from Medan eastwards all through In- Tanjung Sungayang, Batusangkar, Ampek motif on a songket cloth has a specific philo-
engage and instruct the weavers. motifs used in wood carving in such a way, special qualities, about the different tech- donesia till Ambon, using public transport like Angkek, Pandai Sikek, Silungkang, Solok, sophical meaning and does not only serve
that they can be used in songket weaving. An- niques and the colours. Building a house is buses, ships, and the railway. Already then I Muara Labuh, Lintau, Padang Magek, Pitalah) as an ornament as in other regions. Most
In 2005, together with Indonesian friends, other goal is to create fashionable, contem- creating a home for people, weaving a cloth is was overwhelmed by the many different kinds and each centre had its own very distinctive Minangkabau motifs have three meanings
he founded the Studio Songket ErikaRianti to porary songkets but still using the traditional creating a home for the body”. of woven textiles produced. typical motifs and pattern arrangements. (a literal, an implied and a hidden meaning),
support him in his efforts and finally, in No- Minangkabau motifs, thus bringing their philo- which I shall explain by means of the following
vember 2006, the Studio Songket ErikaRianti sophical meaning into a modern context. Also, example, the motif “bada mudiak” (fish swim-
exhibited 46 cloths which are replicas of old Bernhard Bart copied textile motifs carved in Studio Songket ErikaRianti What makes songket so interesting for What is your favourite songket? From ming upstream):
Minangkabau songkets in the “Galeri 6 Cema- stone on statues from the 13th century found Komplek SMKN 1 you? which province? And why?
ra”, Jakarta. It also published a book entitled in Indonesia. For the first time such a carved Jorong Panca, Batutaba 1. Literally, this motif is a symbol of courage
“Revitalisasi Songket Lama Minangkabau”, “stone textile” has now been woven with Kec. Ampek Angkek, Kab. Agam There are two reasons: In Indonesia, songkets with metallic threads and determination, since it requires courage
telling about this process of revitalising the threads. West Sumatra, Indonesia First, the technique. Unlike other techniques were woven in Sumatra, West Kalimantan and to swim against the current. Also, the fish are
weaving of old Minangkabau songket. - for example batik where the pattern is cre- Bali. My favourite songket textiles are the doing this in a swarm, which obviously means
Near Bukittinggi in the highlands of West Su- Website: ated on an already woven cloth, or ikat where ones from the Minangkabau people in West that difficulties can be overcome more easily
What was the reason for Bernhard Bart to matra he has designed and built a weaving at- E-mail: the pattern is made before weaving - in song- Sumatra. Within this area the old songkets by acting together as members of the com-
keep these traditional motifs alive, to encour- elier for the Studio Songket ErikaRianti and a ket weaving the pattern develops during the from Koto Gadang show the finest and most munity.
age their re-weaving and to revitalize the ones home for his friends and himself and his wife, process of weaving. intricate motifs. I think the old songkets from
already lost? First it was the wish to preserve which has just been completed. When produc-

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2. What is the reason the fish are swimming

upstream? On its way to the sea the river gets ErikaRianti are intended for the market in or-
contaminated, therefore, the clearest water is der to keep up the traditional handicraft of
found at its source. This implies that in order songket weaving. Quite many Minangkabau
to solve a problem you have to find and ex- people living in Jakarta admire and purchase
amine its source. our products and therefore support our ef-
forts to revitalise songket weaving.
3. Only very few old Minangkabau people still
know that there is a third, a theological mean-
ing hidden behind these values: seeking for How is the Studio Songket ErikaRianti
the pure truth, you have to go back to the progressing and what are your plans
supreme source which is the truth of God. for the future?

In November 2006 the Studio Songket Erika-

What does this mean “Songket Revi- Rianti had an exhibition in the “Galeri 6 Ce-
talization”? mara” in Jakarta, showing 46 cloths which are
replicas of old Minangkabau songkets. The
Today, only two weaving centres are left, originals which served as models for these
Silungkang and Pandai Sikek, and the former replicas are to be admired in the Museum der
richness of different typical patterns is lost. Kulturen in Basel, in the Fowler Museum in
The Pandai Sikek patterns have spread all Los Angeles, in the Museum Adityawarman in
over West Sumatra and nowadays the major- Padang and in private collections. This was
ity of songkets is woven in Pandai Sikek style. the first step: To prove that it is still possible culture. Certainly, I would like to show and
Therefore, songket revitalization means to to produce songkets of the same high quality make known this handicraft product to the
produce sophisticated textiles which show the and as fine and complex as they were woven Swiss people, since they are in general inter-
same fineness, the richness and extreme va- long ago. ested in foreign cultures. But I don’t think that
riety of patterns and the same intricate motifs there will be a big market for songket because
as they were woven about 100 years ago. Having reached this goal the Studio Songket Swiss people don’t have a tradition to wear
Moreover, by its production of replicas of old ErikaRianti tries to produce fashionable con- textiles showing such a lot of gold.
traditional songket textiles the Studio Songket temporary songkets still using the traditional
ErikaRianti returns the significance to these Minangkabau motifs. It also adapted tradi-
textiles, returns the meanings to the motifs, tional motifs used in woodcarving and motifs Do you think Minangkabau Songket
revives one of the many local “colours” of found on a stone statue in East Java (13th can get the attention of the internation-
the Minangkabau cultural heritage, which is century) in such a way that they could be al market?
unique in the world. used in songket weaving.
Certainly. Especially the Arab countries like
At the moment the Studio Songket ErikaRianti golden textiles. But the Studio Songket Erika- building the basis for further development.
You founded the Studio Songket Erika- is training local people to weave these sophis- Rianti is too small a firm to produce for an Moreover, when the patterns are still woven
Rianti, what kind of difficulties you’ve ticated songkets in order to restore this tradi- international market. the knowledge about their meanings is kept
found so far in operating the weaving local suppliers of threads and weaving tools Do you sell your songket collection as tional handicraft to a centre (Ampek Angkek) alive. Tradition has to live and as long as
studio? since they often sell wholesale only. Still an- well? where songket weaving was once flourishing. the adat (custom) is the basic foundation of
other problem is to find weavers, which pos- Lastly, what is your hope for Minang- the daily life of the Minangkabau people and
Together with Indonesian friends I founded sess the high skills to weave the demanding, My songket collection consists mainly of pho- kabau Songket? as long as people are conscious about the
the Studio Songket ErikaRianti in 2005. First it very complicated old patterns and, on top, tographs. I possess only a few pieces of real Do you have any plans to promote Mi- meaningfulness of these textiles, the art of
was difficult to find high quality metallic thread have the patience to work on the same cloth textiles which serve as objects of reference nangkabau Songkets in Switzerland? I hope that the richness and variety of song- weaving sophisticated Minangkabau songkets
(gold and silver) as well as high quality silk for 2 - 3 months. A simple cloth as it is woven for my work and as teaching material for our ket textiles, the fine and complex patterns of will endure. To achieve this it is important to
thread. This problem has now been solved today is usually finished in only 2 weeks. weavers, and are not for sale. Not really. The typical Minangkabau songkets former times and the know-how of the differ- further the Indonesian people to take pride in
but it is still very difficult to work together with (that is our replicas) are intended for the Mi- ent techniques can be restored again, thus their own cultural heritage.
The replicas produced by the Studio Songket nangkabau people; they do belong to their

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Heimtextil 2009
Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO),
facilitated three of Indonesian Small and Me-
dium-sized Enterprises (SMEs); Aneka Tusma,
PT Piviko Manunggal and PT Retota Sakti to
participate in a collective stand, together with
4 Vietnamese companies at the International
Trade Fair, Heimtextil, Frankfurt on January
14-17 2009. At the invitation of SIPPO, Indo-
nesian Ambassador to Switzerland, H. E. Mrs.
Lucia H. Rustam on January 15-16 2009 were
visiting the exhibition.
sel, April 28-30 2009
HEIMTEXTIL is the world’s largest internation- designers, interior design and decorators. Apart from the exhibition, this event was also
al trade fair for home and contract textiles. The top ten visitor nations after Germany are: accompanied by seminars and workshops that • Vitafoods International - Nutraceutical, Cos
The Heimtextil presents the latest develop- Italy, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, covered the latest development and trend of meceutical and Functional Food Ingredi-
ments from the fields of fashion, design and France, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Greece and design, colour, etc., which offer visions for de- ents industry, Geneva, May 5-7 2009
architecture for exhibitors and visitors. This the USA. Against the trend, some African sign in the coming season. In these regard,
year’s fair featured a total of 2,700 exhibitors countries, such as Egypt and Algeria, regis- participation of Indonesian exhibitors, re- • Interzum - event for suppliers of the fur
from 60 countries. exceeded by a significant margin. The wide tered an increase in visitor numbers, albeit a lated government officials, and private sector niture industry, exhibited Wooden Products,
This year’s exhibition was dominated by three
range of products and themes covered at very small one. leaders would be an excellent opportunity to Parquet, Panelling, Doors, Windows, Semi-
Asian countries : India, Pakistan and China.
Swiss Import Promotion Programme is a man- Heimtextil 2009 was also well received on the acquire an in-depth knowledge on latest de- Finished Products,
Whereas for Europe, was mostly dominated
date from the State Secretariat for Economic visitor side with 91 percent of visitors from According to the three Indonesian SMEs that velopments in the textile sector, obstacles fac- Köln, May 13-16 2009. Two Indonesian
by Germany as the host country, followed by
Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), carried out by home and abroad saying they were highly sat- joined HEIMTEXTIL 2009, their appointment ing the sector and means to overcome them, SMEs will be participated in the exhibition.
Italy and Spain. Products that were exhibited
Osec. The programme supports SMEs from isfied with the results of the fair and praised by SIPPO not only because of their experi- which in turn will improve the development of
was grouped into:
emerging markets and markets in transition the quality of the innovations and marketing ence in the field of fashion, the size of com- textile industry in Indonesia. • Tendence Lifestyle Decorate Life – Inter
to access the Swiss and European markets. incentives offered by exhibitors for the com- pany’s export, and activity in product devel- national consumer goods fair for the au
1. Window, consists of : fabrics, curtains, tex
Due to an increasing demand for home-textile ing season. opment and design; but also because their tumn, winter and Christmas, Frankfurt, July
tile curtains accessories;
products in the international market, since companies utilize a lot of manpower from Other Trade Fairs which will be supported by 3-7 2009
2. Upholstery, consists of : upholstery fab-
1999 SIPPO has been participating every Although Heimtextil 2009 attracted fewer the local inhabitants, and the use of environ- SIPPO in 2009 are :
rics, upholstery leather, decorative cush
year at the Heimtextil. SIPPO has also been visitors than in 2008 (74,000 from 121 mentally friendly material in their production. • CPD – Womenswear, Düsseldorf, July 26-28
supporting Indonesian SMEs in several Euro- countries), SIPPO reported that their collec- These three SMEs employ approximately 100 • CEBIT – Information Technology (IT), Han 2009
3. Floor, consists of : carpets, floor covering;
pean International Fairs for many times now. tive stand were able to receive valuable new – 600 people, and have also exported their nover, March 3-8, 2009
4. Sun, consists of : sun protection systems
Participation in these fairs is a good chance contacts and they were especially satisfied products to the United States, Japan and sev- • Spoga – Garden Furniture, Köln, August
(internal and external sun protection sys-
for Indonesian SMEs to enlarge their relation- with the customer frequentation on the sec- eral European countries (Germany, Sweden, • Hannover Messe - Technical Products, 30– September 1, 2009
tems), non-textile curtain accessories;
ship and promote their products within Euro- ond day. In total the companies made 205 Denmark and Switzerland). Metal Processing, Automation
5. Wall, consists of : wallpapers, wall cover-
pean buyers. new contacts. Several offers and even orders Hannover, April 20-24, 2009. • Travel Trade Workshop (TTW) in Montreux,
ings, accessories;
could be noted directly at the fair. The follow- Beside the trio, there were actually two other Indonesian SME which will be participated November 4-6 2009
6. Decor, consists of : Non-textile and coated
The products of Indonesian SMEs that were up consists in preparation of 60 offers and Indonesian companies participated at the ex- in the event is ATMI from Surakarta, a man
table coverings, films and foils, colours,
exhibited in HEIMTEXTIL 2009 including ta- the companies hope to establish approxi- hibition at their own expense, i.e. PT Indah ufacturer of plastic injection molds for their • FiE - Food Ingredients Europe und Ni-
varnishes, wall design;
blewares, interior accessories, upholstery, mately 25 new business-relations within the Jaya from Jati Uwung Tangerang-Banten and molast and thermoset, plastic injection Natural Ingredients Europe,
handbags, baskets & boxes, housewares, next 7 months. PT Paberik Tekstil Kassrie from Pandaan-East parts, precision parts (automotive, elec Frankfurt, November 17-19 2009
After coming to Frankfurt under the shadow
fashion accessories, gifts & accessories, Java. They have participated in the Heimtextil tronic and medical parts), and automation
of the worldwide economic downturn and a
which are made of textile and various fibres The visitor profile of the exhibition included many times before, and this year both compa- engineering.
sense of crisis, numerous exhibitors found
such as mendong, pandan leaf, enceng gon- purchasers, retailers, hotel and restaurant, nies exhibited towels.
their expectations of the fair to have been
dok and seaweed. • European Seafood Exposition (ESE), Brus-

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Destination southernmost rim of the South China Sea

and close to one of world’s busiest sea-
lanes linking the Far East with Europe, the
region’s historical background is undoubtedly
rich and colorful. Once the very site of the
Buddhist Kingdom of Sriwijaya, it practiced a
bustling trade with then ancient China during
its era dynasties. Inevitable of course, were
the interacting forces of the two different
cultures at the time, which nowadays are still
noticeable as consequences of the past.

The visitors can easily reach South Sumatra by

air through four major airports at Palembang,
Pangkal Pinang, Bangka and Belitung islands,
all having direct connections with Medan,
Batam, Padang, Jakarta, and not long from
now with Singapore too. Air-conditioned buses
from points North and West of Palembang are
regularly available, as well as from cities on
Java and Bali.


Geographically, South Sumatra province is

located between 1o and 4o South Latitude and
between 102o and 108o East Longitude.

The boundaries of the area is:

North side: South China Sea
West side: Jambi Province and Bengkulu

South side: Lampung Province

One of the greatest kingdoms in Indonesian from the foothills of the mighty Bukit Barisan and navigable by oceangoing vessels. No
East side: Java Sea
history, the Buddhist Empire of Sriwijaya, mountain range, this province is relatively flat wonder that most major social and economic
prospered along the banks of Musi River in but very fertile, with numerous rivers cutting activities should center in Palembang and
South Sumatra over a thousand years ago. across the landscape and meandering their Musi River where the region’s pride, Ampera
South Sumatra Province is divided among 8
Located on the southern-most rim of the way to the sea. Coffee and tea plantations Bridge, is found as well.
regencies, 2 municipals and 3 administrative
South China Sea, close to the one of the are scattered across the province, but area’s South Sumatra is famous for Songket wearing
towns with Palempang as its capital city.
world’s busiest shipping lanes linking the enormous wealth comes from oil, natural gas, which are made of silk thread combined with
Far East with Europe, the Region’s historical coal, tin and quartz reserves. gold thread. Palembang also famous for its
background is rich and colourful. The South Sumatra Province is situated on the wood carving motifs which are influenced
Sriwijaya kingdom practised a bustling and eastern side of Bukit Barisan mountain by the chinese and Buddhist. The carving
The humidity of south Sumatra province is
incrative trade with ancient China during its range South Sumatra province is relatively are dominated by decorations in the form
78%. The rainfall range is variation between
era of powerful dynasties. In 672 the Chinese flat, nevertheless fertile, as numerous rivers of jasmine flower and lotus that can be seen
2,000 - 3,000 mm per year and an average
scholar, I Tsing, recorded that a thousand crisscross and meander through out the in the furnitures and lacquers. Palembang’s
wind velocity of 3.23 km per hour. And the
monks and scholars could be seen translating region. Palembang is its capital city and as famous fruits are pineaple and duku (Lansium
temperature ranges between 21.8o C and
and studying Sanskrit in Palembang. Few relics the gateway to the province, lies right on the domisticum).
32.2o C.
of this memorable are remain. Stretching banks of the great Musi River, 60 km upstream Because of its sheer location on the

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In 1821, this palace attacked by the Dutch

Colony and in October 17th, 1823 demolished
under Dutch Commissaries requirement, I.L
Demography Van Seven House as the revenge to Sultanate
who burnt Aur rive Loji. The museum rebuilt
A migration flow to this province is supported in 1825 and become Dutch government
by the existence of heavy plantation exertion, secretariat and resident.
mining and transmigration program. The
population density of this province is 58,8 In 1942 - 1945 during Japanese expansion,
people per Km2 (1994). Compared to the this building ruled by Japanese armies
average national population growth amounted and handed over to Palembangnese after
to 2.144% per year, this province was on the the independence proclaimed in 1945. In
lower level with 1.10% per year. 1949, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Museum
Wide Area renovated and punctuated the function as
Sriwijaya II Toritorium and used as central
The area of south Sumatra province is rezimen of Sriwijaya IV. Based on the research
103,688 sq. km width. the water so daily household activities can be
conducted by National Archeological team in done in privacy. These very ornate wooden
1988, the Kuto Lama brick foundation found houses are raised on stills, and usually 15-20
Medan and other towns of North Sumatra. under the scalded wooden-block.
Its largest groups are Chinese and Indian, meters in width and from 30-60 meters, from
being naturalized Indonesian citizens. Colums; door and window frames to ventilation
3. Water Tower Office panels are intricately carved.
Other Indonesian tribes like Acehnese,
Minangkabau, Javanese, etc. also live in many This building was founded in 1982 and
parts here. Each of the mentioned tribes as Natural Beauty of South Sumatra
previously used Syuco office during Japanese
well as the ethnic groups has its own dialect, era in 1942-1945 and then used as city hall
religion, beliefs, traditional customs, etc. Arts Curup Tenang Waterfall
untuil 1956. This building provided water
and cultures make this region, a paradise treatment supplies for public office. In 1963
for social scientists. Among the ancient Curup Tenang Waterfall is 2 hours drive from
Water Tower Office changed into Palembang Palembang. It is a land of rivers and waterfalls,
Indonesian cultures which can be seen at Government Central Office.
Samosir island are the centuries old tombs of where the water cascades from a height of 90
Batak Toba kings and a stone-table with its meters into deep pool.
4. Ampera Bridge
benches, where meetings were formerly held
by the Siallagan chiefs. Putri Cave
Built above Musi River which has 1.777 m
length, 22 m width and 11.50 m height funded Putri Cave is situated at the edge of Padang
from war confiscation of Japanese Government Windu Village, 35 Km from Baturaja. It is 156
HERITAGE SITE in Palembang, South there are a complete facilities to see the
by Soekarno instruction, Indonesia President m long and 8-20 m wide. The maximum height
Sumatra natural tea plantation in Pagar Alam it is the
started in April 1962 and finished 1964. is 20 m. In the cave there are many stalagtites highest peak in South Sumatra and might be
Previously named Musi Bridge then changed and stalagmites and a stream which empties
1. Kuto Besak Fortress reached directly from Palembang city by car
to Ampera Bridge since it operated on New into River Ogan. about 6 hours drive (295 kilometers). Enjoy
corner provide entrance, the Northwest side related as the witness of their successes Era period. AMPERA word stands for Amanat
An interesting fact about this museum is that it the mountain bike, camping, tea walk and
entrance is different with three others. The fought against European enemy. Penderitaan Rakyat (Message of Folks Ranau Lake
took 17 years to build it, started in 1780 and hiking.
same 3 entrances represent the characteristic Tribulation).
inaugurated to use it in Monda 21st Februari of Kuto Besak Fortress. The main entrance, 2.SultanMahmudBadaruddinMuseum Before 1970, the center part of Ampera
1797. The idea of f this fortress development Ranau Lake is 125 Km from Baturaja. It is Sembilang National Park
Lawang Kuto allowed visitors to look out to Bridge could be lift up and passed by big ship 8x16 sq km and surrounded hills and valleys
was Mahmud Badaruddin Sultanate I (1724 Musi River. While the entrance in the back This museum was the former Kuto Lama with 44.50 m height on maximum. Now days,
- 1758). in Mount Seminung. Sembilang National Park. has a 45.000 sq
door called Lawang Buritan. Fortress where the Sultan Mahmud for maintenance reason ship isnt allowed to
hectares wildlife reserve. It is a paradise for
This fortress has become Palembangnese Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo and Sultan Mahmud cross over. Mount Dempo
It has 288,75m length, 183, 75 m width, various kinds of birds (pelican, hornbill, milky
proud since its the biggest and the only Badaruddin I (1724 - 1758) stated their 5. Limas Traditional House
9.99 m height and 1.99 m thick. Each stork, etc) there are two kinds of Sumatran
fortress made-up from stone wall and strongly Keraton (palace). Built along the river banks, facing away from Mount Dempo. On the skirt of Mt. Dempo Crocodile and numpback dolphins.

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MPEK MPEK Quick tips for travellers
Serves: 6 persons
• 300 g flesh of Spanish mackerels, grinded
• 100 cc warm water
• 1 tsp salt
Traditional canoes, Bali Rice paddies, Ubud, Bali Senggigi Beach, Lombok Great Mosque, Medan
• 200 g sago palm flour
Photos by Jill Gocher and Bambang Wijanarko
• 100 g wheat flour
• 6 eggs, broke into a bowl Immigration Customs and border regulations Rental car rates vary from area to area—ask
Sauce: at your local hotel for more information on
• 750 cc water Foreigners planning to visit Indonesia should Before entering Indonesia, be sure to respect rates and distances. Other forms of transport
• 5 cloves garlic, crushed be aware of recent developments in the Indonesian Government customs regulations. in Indonesia are the bajaj for two passengers,
• 5 chilies, chopped laws, regulations and procedures concerning A maximum of one liter of alcoholic beverages, the becak, and small buses and vans plying
• 1 tbsp soy sauce visas that have been set by the Indonesian 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of regular routes—all of which require advanced
• 150 g sugar Government, such as the new immigration tobacco, and a reasonable amount of perfume bargaining in order to come to a mutually
regulations concerning the new Index of Visa are allowed per entry, per adult. Cameras, accepted fare. Buses are very crowded,
• 150 g brown sugar
and Visa on Arrival. video cameras, portable radios and cassette particularly in the cities. Trains are available
• 1 tsp salt
recorders, binoculars and sport equipment on the island of Java and in parts of Sumatra.
• 3 tbsp vinegar As of 12 June 2006, the nationals from the are allowed provided they are taken out on To cut down on travel time, Garuda Indonesia
• 2 cucumbers cut into cube sized pieces following 52 countries can apply for visas on departure. They must also be declared at flies daily to all major cities of the archipelago.
• 100 g wet noodles arrival for short visits (tourist purposes): customs. Firearms, narcotics, pornography, Other companies such as Merpati Nusantara,
• 150 g dried shrimps, grinded Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Chinese printing and medicines, transceivers Bouraq, and Mandala, Lion Air, Awair and Pelita
Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, and cordless telephones are prohibited. The also have an extensive network of domestic
Directions: Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, penalties for smuggling drugs are severe and routes. Airport authorities levy airport taxes
1. Mix flesh of fish, warm water and salt. Add sago palm flour and wheat flour little by little while mixing France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, include the death penalty. Films, pre-recorded of Rp. 50,000 for travellers on international
until it is mixed. India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, video tapes and laser disks must be screened routes and Rp. 11,000 for those on domestic
Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Maldives, by the Censor Board. While there are no routes. Visitors arriving in Soekarno-Hatta
2. Form it oval (about 75 g); make a hole in the middle by point finger. Then turn it around while pressed Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New restrictions on the import or export of foreign airport should be aware of the fact that
until it becomes a pocket and put some broke raw egg in. Shut and close the hole tightly. Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, currencies and travellers checks, the import taxi drivers add road tolls of Rp. 7,000 and
the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and export of Indonesian currency exceeding surcharges ranging from Rp. 7,500 to Rp.
South Africa, South Korea, Surinam, Sweden, Rp. 5 million is prohibited. 14,000 depending on the destination within
3. Boil some water and put pempek one by one. Wait pempek until it floats at the surface. Take them out
Switzerland, Taiwan, Qatar, the United Arab Jakarta. Buses also run from the airport to
and drained.
Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United Transport five destinations within Jakarta every 20
4. Soup: Boil some water. Put in garlic, chilies, soy sauce, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Boil them and States of America. The visa on arrival facility is minutes and charge Rp, 5,000 per person
sugar was soluble. Filter the dregs. Add vinegar and mix it. valid for a maximum of 30 days and costs US$ Metered taxis exist in Jakarta, Surabaya, plus luggage. At other airports there are
10 for 7 days and US$ 30 for 25 days. The Bandung, Solo, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Bali transport counters with fixed fares for taxis.
5. Fry pempek in much oil enough. Take them out and drain when they are brownish. visa can be obtained from all major airports and Lampung. Although the fares fluctuate
and seaports across Indonesia. In addition to with the price of oil, they range from Rp.3,000- Communication and electricity
6. Serving: Cut fried pempek into bite sized pieces and put in a plate. Add noodles and cucumbers above the visa, all visitors to Indonesia must be in 5,000 for hailing an air-conditioned cab
them and pour the soup. Pempek kapal selam is ready to be offered. possession of a passport valid for at least six (approximately Rp. 2,800 for each additional Long Distance, IDD, facsimile and internet
months and have proof of onward passage. kilometer) to Rp. 6,000 for Silverbird taxis. services are available in all major cities and

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Calender of Events
Lombok Sunset

hotels, as well as in the telecommunications Waisak Festival at Borobudur

offices (Wartel). While most hotels in big
cities use 220 volts and a two-pronged plug, Indonesians celebrate the Waisak Festival,
a number of establishments in the provinces remembering the birth, enlightenment and
death of Buddha, at Borobudur, the world’s
may still use 110 volts, so it is better to check
largest Buddhist monument.
before using an appliance.
The five-mile pilgrimage from Mendut to the
serene sitting Buddha on the top of Boro-
Weather bodur is walked by hundreds of monks in
saffron robes carrying offerings of flowers
The dry season in Indonesia lasts from and candles. As the moon rises over the ho-
June to October and the rainy season lasts rizon, throwing white light onto the smooth
from November to March. The temperature stone exterior of the ancient temple, candles of Balinese stage, odd musical performances,
fluctuates between 33°C (62°F) and 21°C are lit and the monks begin praying, medi- “kreasi baru” (new creations) from the dance
(41°F) and humidity is high at all times. tating and chanting well into the evening, a World Ocean Conference 2009 to build com- schools of Denpasar, as well as contemporary
vision guaranteed to remain with you for- mitment choreography and dance companies from
Tipping and bargaining ever. Borobodur is an amazing place at any for sustainable management of marine re- other islands and from abroad.
Sriwijaya Festival
time of year, but the holiness of the site is June 16 – 23
A service charge of 10% is added to the bill particularly apparent during this important
religious festival. Indonesia has taken the initiative to organize
in most hotels. Tips of between 5 to 10% are Palembang, South Sumatra
the World Ocean Conference (WOC 2009) in Toba Lake Festival
deemed reasonable in restaurants where no The main goal of this festival is to increase the
ISEM MULANG A DAYAK ART AND Manado, Noth Sulawesi Province, Indonesia,
service charge has been added. Airport or appreciation of the locals to their own culture.
CULTURAL FESTIVAL from 11 to 15 May 2009. WOC 2009 will be Parapat and Samosir Island, North
hotel porters expect to receive Rp. 5,000 per One of the annual events in Palembang, this
attended by Ministers and High Level Govern-
bag. Tipping taxi drivers or leaving the change festival includes traditional and contemporary Sumatra
Isen Mulang is an Art and Cultural Event, it ment Officials as well as by Senior Officials
is appreciated but not mandatory—make cultural performances, speed boat races,
is the representation of the Dayak art and from Multilateral Organization. It is aimed at
sure to carry small change as taxi drivers boat decorating contests, and exhibition of Lasting a whole week, this festival is centered
culture, it is also the blending of Indonesian developing a common understanding and
old Sriwijaya (the ancient kingdom in Palem- around Toba Lake, the largest lake in Asia, southern tip of Sumatra.
frequently run out. Shops and department firm commitment to face up to the impact of
art and culture under the spirit of Bhinneka bang) boat and other entertainments. and situated in the highlands of North Sumat-
stores in the big cities have fixed prices Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity). It is an an- climate change on the state of the world’s
ra. Featuring traditional sports, boat races, Borneo Festival
and are open from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. nual agenda in Central Kalimantan province oceans and to increase our understanding of
July cultural performances and contemporary
everyday, including sometimes Sunday, but that is always conducted in the spirit of sim- the role of the oceans in determining the rate
shows, horse racing and water sports com- Banjarmasin, South Kalimatan
be prepared to bargain in smaller shops. plicity and away from the glamorous living. of global climate change. The city of Manado
Bali Arts Festival petition, also local handicrafts exhibition
Be yourself and lets go to discover the will also host the Coral Triangle Initiative/CTI
Summit 2009 scheduled to be held on 15 Honoring the Dayak and Melayu culture, the
Food and drink unique world of art and traditional culture of August
may 2009. Heads of state/government from The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily event is participated by all the provinces in
beautiful land of Dayak in Central Kaliman- performances, handicraft exhibitions and oth-
six member countries (Malaysia, the Philip- Kalimantan, as well as Malaysia and Brunei
Restaurants specialising in European, tan on 19 to 23 of May 2006 at Palangka er related cultural and commercial activities Krakatau Festival
pines, Papua new Guinea, Solomon islands Darussalam as honored guests.
American and Oriental cuisine including Raya city, the capital of central Kalimantan during which literally the whole of Bali comes Lampung
Province - Indonesia. Timor Leste and Indonesia) and two observer
fast food restaurants can be found across to the city to present its offerings of dance,
countries, namely Australia and USA, are ex-
Indonesia. Many of Indonesia’s traditional music and beauty. On display are trances This annual event is held at the end of Au-
pected to attend the Summit. President of the
dishes are hot and spicy; be sure to ask both World Ocean Conference 2009 from remote mountain slopes, forgotten or gust to remember Krakatau`s eruption in the
Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang
how hot and how much they will cost before Manado, Indonesia, 11-15 May 2009 recently revived village dances, food and of- late 19th century. The volcano is located in
Yudhoyono, scheduled to officially open WOC
ordering. Imported and local beverages are 2009, will invite a number of world leaders to fering contests, classical palace dances, stars the Sunda Strait, South of Lampung, in the
widely available, stick to bottled drinks when Indonesia is proudly hosting the
attend the conference.
in doubt.

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A March

Pasar Senggol

Following the success of the first Pasarsenggol in

2008 at Schützenhaus Thalwil, the third Pasarsen-
In this section, Aneka Indonesia states on the main activities and events organised ggol was held on March 21, 2009, which took place
at the same venue as last year. Pasarsenggol then
and attended by the Embassy during the months of January to April 2009. becomes an annual event, held twice a year, aimed
at promoting Indonesia culture, traditional Indone-
sian food and drink as well as Indonesian home
products to Indonesian society in Switzerland.

There were around 300 visitors participated in

this event. Besides presenting traditional Indone-
January sian food and drink stands, there were also some
stands presenting Indonesian home products, such
as Indonesian pearls and batik. Visitors had the
World Economic Forum Annual opportunity to enjoy various Indonesian culinary
Meeting 2009 delights and buy Indonesian unique products.

The Embassy of Indonesia in Bern also opened a

stand as to promote Indonesian tourism and cul-
Founded in 1971, the Geneva-based World
ture by giving free flyers and brochures of Indo-
Economic Forum (WEF) meets annually in nesia tourism with theme: “VISIT INDONESIA YEAR
Davos, Switzerland to bring together top 2009”. H.E. Mrs. Lucia H. Rustam, Ambassador of
business and political leaders as well as mostly the Republic of Indonesia to Switzerland, and H.E.
neoliberal minded intellectuals, economists, Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Head of Indonesian Per-
journalists, and others. manent Mission to the United Nation Organizations
in Geneva, also attended this event. Pasarsenggol
continued until 11 pm, allowing the guests to meet
Began on January 28th 2009, amid one of
some new and old friends and enjoy the Indone-
the worst global financial crisis in decades, sian atmosphere.
the objective of WEF’s 39th annual meeting
is in line with this year’s theme “Shaping the
Post-Crisis World”, to catalyse a holistic and Indonesia Diashow – Across the Mysterious Archipelago
systematic approach to improve the state protectionism from many trade ministers as
Doha round to free up world trade, which was
By Dominique Wirz
of the world in a manner that integrates all the economic crisis intensifies. “However, these
stakeholders of global society. measures are quite sector-specific”, she said, even more important now to shield developing
Indonesian contingent to the meeting included pointing to anti-dumping measures by Turkey, countries from protectionist moves by rich
From 2nd to 15th of March 2009, Dominique ed his presentation by showing the guests his
Trade Minister, Mari Pangestu and Bank Egypt and Brazil against Indonesian textile nations, but this would require a push from Wirz has performed his renowned picture adventurous journey throughout the island of
Indonesia Senior Deputy Governor, Miranda yarn, and by Australia against Indonesian political leaders. “The relevancy and the show “Indonesia – Across the Mysterious Sumatra, then continued to the exotic island
S. Goeltom. paper. “We are concerned that there will existence of the WTO is even more imperative Archipelago”, in 9 cities across Switzerland, of Java, the paradise island of Bali, the mar-
Concerning the issue of protectionism, in be increases of such measures, including now. We should not reinvent architecture, such as in Winterthur, Zug, Zürich, St. Gallen, velous island of Sulawesi and lastly to the sur-
an interview with Reuter in Davos, Mari because it’s still the best architecture we Wil, Bern, Biel, Olten, Effretikon and in Efre- prising island of Papua, allowing the guests
possible other kinds of regulations that would
have, and it’s still the fairest architecture we tikon, Germany. Around 500 visitors attended to discover the natural beauty of Indonesia
Pangestu mentioned, “Indonesia is also appear to restrict imports,” she said. the show on March 10, at Hotel Jardin in and to reveal some of the last secrets of this
beginning to encounter barriers to its exports have for developing countries,” she said.
Bern. The show consists of splendid images mysterious archipelago.
from developed and developing countries”, Pangestu added that Indonesia wanted a projected onto a big screen, arranged with
she said, echoing concerns about growing conclusion of the World Trade Organisation’s excellent music, original sounds and exciting
live comment from Dominique Wirz. He start-

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o n the
Top Indonesian Badminton players, such as
i d
s ion
Joko Riyadi, Candra Wijaya, Nova Widhian-
I n t
to, Lilyana Natsir, Hendra Setiawan, Taufiq
e d i
e k
Hidayat, and other Indonesian Badminton
top players have competed with 300 Bad-
minton top players from 35 countries at the
annual prestigious badminton champion-
ship, Wilson Badminton Swiss Open 2009,
which took place from the 10th to the 15th
of March 2009 at St.Jakobshalle in the city
of Basel. Despite its excellent performance, Aneka Indonesia will be featuring Komodo and Lombok
the Indonesian team has to admit the suc-
Island as main topic in its Dream Destination section in
cess of other teams, as three top Indone-
sian players have lost during the semifinals, the next edition.
making it unable to following the success
of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, who Komodo and Lombok Island will be presented in details
won the second place at the men’s double which include its famous art and culture.
category of Wilson Badminton Swiss Open
in 2008. However, visitors of Wilson Bad-
minton Swiss Open have shown great en- The next edition will also be featuring the Pencak Silat
thusiasm, as Indonesian team performed, (Indonesian traditional martial arts) Association in Swit-
particularly during the performance of Tau- zerland.
fiq Hidayat, which got a huge applause from
the audience. Some audiences at the St.
Last but not least, the traditional recipe of Ayam Taliwang
Jakobshalle Basle were coming from neigh-
boring countries, such as Germany, France has been chosen as the recipe of the next edition for its
and England famous among the tourists and Indonesians.

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