Jakarta — North Sumatra’s traditional textile, ulos, took center stage at Indonesia Fashion Week in Jakarta on Wednesday (28/03). Top Indonesian designers, Merdi Sihombing, Ivan Gunawan, Ghea Panggabean and Sikie Purnomo, turned the fabric into modern ready-to-wear collections by combining it with faux fur, tutu, tassels and intricate beadwork, mixing up ethnic traditions with modern flair. The show began with Merdi’s collection themed “Toba,” in which he used ulos for casual shirts, blazers, pants and summer dresses. The show was followed by Ivan’s collection “Great Toba,” in which he transformed ulos into elegant pastel dresses and professional attire. Ghea chose to show her bolder and more vivid. The designer, who has been present in the fashion industry for 38 years, is known for her consistency in promoting heritage motifs and textiles, which translates into contemporary looks. The show concluded with Sikie’s glamorous collection marrying Victorian-style outfits and Batak traditions. Dark pieces with high collars, leg-o-mutton sleeves and ruffles were adorned with golden, black and burgundy embroideries, fur and statement jewelry, which added to the already luxurious and couture look. Indonesia Fashion Week at the Jakarta Convention Center ends on April 1.