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Merdi Sihombing Amazes Fashion Lovers through Eco-Fashion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maizer   
Monday, 18 March 2019

Environmentally friendly fashion (eco-fashion) and renewable fashion (sustainable fashion) in recent years have become the world's attention, including Indonesia. Especially when the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched data that stated that the pollution produced from the fashion industry was the same as the pollution produced by coal, oil and gas, and even petrochemicals.

 

In the report data reported in 2017, MacArthur said, every second there was 1 textile waste truck that was dumped into a landfill (TPA) or burned. Annual losses are estimated at 500 billion US dollars from clothing that is rarely used or never recycled.

 

Fashion designer Merdi Sihombing responded to this issue by carrying out various concrete actions to re-think fashion, a movement that since 2018 has been rife by world fashion activists. Throughout 2018, Merdi conducted community development in Alor, Rote Ndao, Banyuwangi, and Lombok to teach various techniques that apply the concept of sustainable fashion, such as the use of natural dyes, organic threads, and textile waste management.

 

Merdi also initiated the 2018 Indonesia Eco-Fashion Week which was held at the Stovia Building, Jakarta, and became a speaker at various events that carry the principle of sustainable lifestyle. Starting in 2019, precisely in mid-February Merdi was invited to present his sustainable fashion work in London, which was initiated by the Independent London Fashion Week Designer's Association (ILFWDA).

 

A total of 15 of the latest AW 2019 collections are presented with the works of Jeff Garner and seven sustainable fashion designers independent from abroad.

 

"My participation in the ILFWDA was recommended by Jeff Garner, whose sustainable fashion works have been known worldwide through the Prophetic brand. My collection this time also received support from Lenzing Indonesia – PT South Pacific Viscose, an eco-friendly yarn producer, the Lyocell A 100 which was then given natural dyes before being woven into beautiful fabrics by weaving women in remote parts of Indonesia. "Merdi Sihombing.

 

Sirat

 

The "Sirat" theme was appointed by Merdi Sihombing as its main presentation. Sirat is a yarn woven product that is done by table weaving techniques. The strands of sirat, which are shaped like a ribbon, are sewn together, to form a long dress, jumpsuit and long coat that are accentuated by metal spike beads.

 

"Sirat is usually used as a headdress during traditional rituals. The shape resembles a 1 meter long ribbon with a width of 5-7 cm. Sirat usually consists of three colors that symbolize the world with a composition of white above, red in the middle and black below. This motif is called the term sacred geometry. "Merdi said explaining in detail.

 

Merdi also presents a classic collection of Black and White ikat weaving, and a number of collections from fabric produced in Umapura Alor, a small atoll on Ternate Island.

 

 

Merdi Sihombing Pukau Pencinta Busana Lewat Eco-Fashion

 

 

 

Fashion yang ramah lingkungan (eco-fashion) dan fashion terbarukan (sustainable fashion) beberapa tahun belakangan menjadi perhatian dunia, termasuk Indonesia. Terlebih ketika Ellen MacArthur Foundation melansir data yang menyatakan polusi yang dihasilkan dari industri fashion sama dengan polusi yang dihasilkan oleh batu bara, migas, bahkan petrokimia.

 

Dalam data laporan yang dilansir pada 2017 lalu itu, MacArthur menyatakan, setiap detik terdapat 1 truk limbah tekstil yang dibuang ke tempat pembuangan akhir (TPA) atau dibakar. Kerugian setiap tahun diperkirakan mencapai 500 miliar dolar AS dari pakaian yang jarang dipakai atau tak pernah didaur ulang.

 

Perancang busana Merdi Sihombing menyikapi isu ini dengan melakukan berbagai aksi nyata untuk melakukan re-thinking fashion, sebuah gerakan yang sejak 2018 lalu marak dilakukan pegiat fashion dunia. Sepanjang 2018, Merdi melakukan community development di Alor, Rote Ndao, Banyuwangi, dan Lombok untuk mengajarkan berbagai teknik yang menerapkan konsep sustainable fashion, seperti penggunaan pewarna alam, benang organik, maupun pengelolaan limbah tekstil.

 

Merdi juga menggagas Eco-Fashion Week Indonesia 2018 yang digelar di Gedung Stovia, Jakarta, dan menjadi pembicara di berbagai event yang mengusung prinsip sustainable lifestyle. Mengawali 2019, tepatnya di pertengahan Februari Merdi diundang untuk membawakan karya sustainable fashion-nya di London yang diprakarsai oleh Independent London Fashion Week Designer's Association (ILFWDA).

 

Sebanyak 15 koleksi AW 2019 terbarunya dipergelarkan bersama karya-karya Jeff Garner dan tujuh desainer sustainable fashion independen dari mancanegara.

 

“Keikutsertaan saya di ILFWDA ini direkomendasikan oleh Jeff Garner yang karya-karya sustainable fashion-nya sudah dikenal dunia melalui brand Prophetik. Koleksi saya kali ini juga mendapatkan dukungan dari Lenzing Indonesia–PT South Pacific Viscose, produsen benang ramah lingkungan, yakni Lyocell A 100 yang kemudian diberi pewarna alam sebelum ditenun menjadi kain-kain indah oleh perempuan-perempuan penenun di berbagai pelosok terpencil di Indonesia. ” kata Merdi Sihombing .

 

Sirat

 

Tema “Sirat” diangkat Merdi Sihombing sebagai sajian utamanya. Sirat adalah produk anyaman benang yang dikerjakan dengan teknik table weaving. Helai demi helai sirat yang berbentuk seperti pita itu dijahit menjadi satu, hingga membentuk gaun panjang, jumpsuit maupun long coat yang diberi aksentuasi manik metal spike.

 

“Sirat biasanya digunakan sebagai hiasan kepala saat ritual adat. Bentuknya menyerupai pita sepanjang 1 meter dengan lebar 5-7 cm. Sirat biasanya terdiri atas tiga warna yang melambangkan dunia dengan komposisi warna putih di atas, merah di tengah dan hitam di bawah. Motif ini disebut dengan istilah sacred geometry.” kata Merdi menjelaskan dengan detil.

 

Merdi juga menyuguhkan koleksi klasik tenun ikat Hitam Putih, dan sejumlah koleksi dari kain yang diproduksi di Umapura Alor, sebuah atol kecil di Pulau Ternate.

 
		
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