Sumba At­trac tion

Dian Sas­trowar­doyo falls in love with tra­di­tional cloth­ing and holds fund-rais­ing ex­hi­bi­tion

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I t was love at the first sight for movie star Dian Sas­trowar­doyo when she first en­coun­tered cloth­ing from Sumba, an al­most-bar­ren is­land in East Nusa Teng­gara. Now, the ethnic fabric has driven the star to or­gan­ise a fund-rais­ing pro­gramme for so­cial projects on the is­land.

The cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tion, en­ti­tled “Lukamba Nduma Luri – Be­nang Yang Mem­beri Hidup, Kain Yang Mem­beri Hidup”, fea­tured hand-wo­ven fab­rics and was held at Plaza In­done­sia on Au­gust 8. The ex­hi­bi­tion her­alded the func­tion of tra­di­tional cloth in the is­lan­ders’ daily lives as “Lukamba Nduma Luri”: the cloth that gives life. Dian went on to note the dire con­di­tions of women who pro­duce the amaz­ing fabric. “They don’t have ac­cess to clean wa­ter. It’s an irony,” she said. The tar­get for the fundrais­ing is to make Rp200 mil­lion to build a wa­ter house and re­store a tra­di­tional house that has al­most col­lapsed.

hearts of gold Dian Sas­trowar­doyo and hus­band In­dra­guna Su­towo at her ex­hi­bi­tion

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