As part of the year long Unity in Diversity campaign – which runs throughout 2022 – the majestic five-star resort, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is currently highlighting the traditions and culture from the island of Kalimantan. Throughout this campaign, the resort has been conducting various collaborations with the different craftsmen across the entire archipelago, with each of them representing the cultural identity of each of the highlighted seven regions. This time, and for the next two months, the resort teams up with Franklin Firdaus, a fashion designer from the island of Borneo, with the aim of setting the stage and revealing the island’s cultural heritage.
As a highlight, Franklin Firdaus, known for his global brand of fashion and perfume, the Franksland, displayed a brand new clothing line inspired by the colours and culture of Kalimantan. On the 3rd of September, Firdaus’s fashion show, titled Mystery of Borneo, was held in the magnificent Pendopo lobby of The Apurva Kempinski. The stage was host to a variety of designs that told stories, highlighted in shapes and outlines, originating from this mystical island. Distinctive forms, each with hidden messages contained within the weavings, created a mythical and magical show. As a fashion designer, Franklin Firdaus, who is a self-taught artist, wished to convey the culture, traditions, and mysteries of the place where he was born and raised.
The ‘Unity in Diversity’ campaign provides a grand stage highlighting cuisine, arts, crafts and tales from the island of Borneo
Digging deeper into these collaborations, The Apurva Kempinski Bali continuously introduces Indonesian culture and traditions through the implementation of the Unity in Diversity programme. With Kalimantan, as with other regions, guests can expect to taste culinary specialties inspired by the island’s traditional foods, enjoy traditional handicraft classes, and listen to regional folklore and tales shared at Jalak Family club; it is through taste, sight and listening that one immerses deeper into the traditions and culture of Kalimantan.
“The cultural beauty of the island of Borneo really shines through our stage with Franklin Firdaus.” shared the General Manager, Vincent Guironnet. “We hope that through this event, people can continue to appreciate and preserve the culture of Indonesia”.
“Unity in Diversity – Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. This means that although we have differences, we are still one, meaning despite being diverse, Indonesia as a nation is still one unit. And for me, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika is a very powerful combination of words that binds this great country together.” said Franklin Firdaus. “As a fashion designer, I find it very inspiring. If we want this culture to be enjoyed by future generations, we must continue to preserve it. At the end of the day we have to start with ourselves, and inspire those around us.”