The 2019 Indonesian Fashion Week (IFW) has started, showcasing the best talents in the Indonesian fashion scene on Friday.

One of the showcasing designers, Risza Novianty from fashion house SAO by Risza, uses recycled plastic bottles as the main material. The plastic bottles were processed and combined with traditional woven cloth with natural coloring.

“This is a new breakthrough, when recycled plastic is being combined with traditional woven cloth. Especially when it is colored with natural coloring,” Risza said as quoted in a press release made available to The Jakarta Post.

Besides clothing, Risza also uses recycled plastic bottles to create earrings and necklaces. The plastics were procured from those found on Mount Rinjani, Lombok.

 

Her works were shown during the Modern Ethnic Kemilau Sulawesi Tenggara (Modern Ethnic Shine of South East Sulawesi), which encourages the designers to make use of recycled waste.

Risza said this initiative can be a good way to encourage South East Sulawesi crafters to use recycled plastic and turn it into valuable crafts.

“Aiming to be a sustainability [oriented] fashion designer is a challenge for me, so that I keep creating and am committed by making works by making use of ecofriendly materials,” Risza said.