Tribes and Cultures: The Apurva Kempinski Bali Shine the Spotlight on Sulawesi Island 

Another evening of spectacular performances has taken place at The  Apurva Kempinski Bali. With the intent of shining the spotlight on the cultural heritage of Sulawesi  island, the five-star resort has been working together with fashion designer Dwi Iskandar to present a  stage inspired by Toraja.

On 21 October 2022, the resort’s majestic Pendopo Lobby became the backdrop for the spectacular  collaboration, which highlighted not only 35 types of Toraja-inspired attire, but also music and dance  performances from the region. 

The collection utilises authentic fabrics from Toraja. Each of them was specially handpicked by Dwi  Iskandar with the help of the Toraja community, and they were transformed into a line of resort wear  that is suitable for a tropical lifestyle. 

Emphasising the importance of inclusivity and the involvement of communities, several disabled and  pregnant models were featured, while students from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Denpasar and  the Bali Design and Business Institute were invited to take part in the creative process. 

The work of Dwi Iskandar has been displayed at fashion shows in Indonesia, San Francisco, Hong  Kong, Vietnam and Seychelles. He was also in charge of designing dresses for the contestants from  Malta and Georgia during the Miss World 2013 event in Bali. In crafting his artful clothes, Dwi Iskandar  has long had a passion for ethnic materials and patterns, often combining traditional fabrics with his  unique contemporary design. This fashion designer’s love for Indonesian culture, art and traditional  fabrics is reflected in his work. Beyond fashion, Dwi Iskandar is also passionate about the topics of  sustainability and incorporating the concept of ‘reuse, reduce and recycle’ into his work. 

This project also saw Yohan Tangkesalu, an entrepreneur that is known for his efforts to bring his  homeland of Toraja to the public’s attention, supporting Dwi Iskandar in his research in Toraja. 

As a five-star resort that is known for paying homage to the nation’s rich cultural diversity ever since  its opening, The Apurva Kempinski Bali has been constantly showing its dedication to Indonesian  culture. Its year-long celebration of Unity in Diversity is designed to highlight each of the big islands  of Indonesia. Throughout the year, cultural identities such as holistic wisdoms and the beloved  traditional flavours, as well as stories and handicrafts, from each region are incorporated into the guest  experiences.

To further support the programme, Dwi Iskandar also took part by creating a special uniform that is  exclusively worn by the Lady in Red of The Apurva Kempinski Bali. The Lady in Red is the ambassador  of Kempinski Hotels and is present in every Kempinski hotel in various parts of the world.