Indonesian First Lady introduces Philippines counterpart to Badui clothing

Indonesian First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo and the Philippines First Lady Louise Araneta–Marcos at Bogor Presidential Palace, Bogor city, West Java province, on Monday.

Jakarta, The Gulf Observer: Indonesian First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (Jokowi) introduced one of the country’s traditional crafts, Badui woven clothing, to the First Lady of the Philippines, Louise Araneta Marcos, at Bogor Presidential Palace on Monday.

Iriana showed her Philippines counterpart a number of red, grey, and green woven cloths.

“This (the weaving art) is so beautiful,” Araneta–Marcos remarked.

“Enough, enough, you spoiled me (by showing all of these clothes),” she said while laughing and hugging Iriana.

Furthermore, a craftsperson from the Badui tribe an indigenous community from Banten province explained the process of making the cloth.

“It is a cloth made by the Badui Luar (tribe). It takes one to four months to produce it (a cloth) by using natural dyes,” the craftsperson informed.

The first ladies also watched a craftswoman demonstrate the making of the fabric on a mechanical weaving machine for about 10 minutes.

After seeing the weaving process, Iriana Widodo invited Araneta-Marcos to enjoy snacks on the verandah of the palace.

The Philippines First Lady and President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. arrived on a state visit to Indonesia on Sunday.