Borobudur and Selimut Nusantara in Paris

“We are very pleased to welcome Indonesia to the Carrousel du Louvre, by showcasing the talent of Maestro Edward Hutabarat in this event. This will be an outstanding exhibition highlighting the richness of Indonesian culture and Mr. Hutabarat’s exceptional craftsmanship,” said Marie Mauvage Director of Carrousel du Louvre.

In this upcoming exhibition, Edo Hutabarat will showcase his photographic work called “Borobudur” as well as his weaving works of Sumba, Timor (NTT), Bali, Sumbawa (NTB), Ulos from Samosir and Songket from Sumatra titled “Selimut Nusantara”.

With the intention to introduce civilization as well as the beauty, richness, skills and wisdom of Indonesian culture, Edo Hutabarat detailed the story of “Selimut Nusantara” which takes inspiration from Indonesia’s natural and cultural wealth.

“As the name implies, ‘Selimut Nusantara’ is a collection of blankets that are woven and made from 100% natural materials. Blankets like these have been used in traditional ceremonies in Sumba for hundreds of years, so I turned them into global works. This exhibition in Paris is the first time this work is exhibited to the public,” he explained.

The cultural exhibition is fully supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia and the Comité d’ animation Culturel le Paris 1 (Paris 1 Cultural Activities Committee).

The opening ceremony of the L’ Indonésie au Carrousel du Louvre exhibition on November 28 will feature the beautiful voice of Anggun, an Indonesian diva whose name has been recognized around the world.

“I am very happy to be part of the effort to strengthen Indonesia’s positive image. Congratulations to Best of Indonesia for their initiative,” Anggun said in a statement.

Edward Hutabarat

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ambassador to France, Mohamad Oemar, expressed his ful l support for the exhibition: “We always support any activity that strengthens the good image of Indonesia in the eyes of the French people, such as this exhibition. Moreover, it is located in one of the most iconic places in the world.”

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