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Leading Indonesian designers learn about Australian cotton

A group of 25 leading Indonesian fashion designers were engaged in the Australian cotton story in May 2016 through the Australia Awards Program, managed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The designers were in Sydney to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, and part of their experience was a presentation by Cotton Australia Cotton to Market Project Lead, Brooke Summers, on the sustainability and traceability of Australian cotton.

“Many of the women work with cotton, producing high-end fashion with artisan weaving and dyeing techniques such as batik,” Ms Summers says.

“Indonesia is Australia’s third largest export market, and there was great interest in the links between our two countries. The designers were fascinated to understand where their raw materials come from.”

“Understanding how cotton is eventually used in products by designers is a great way of connecting our growers with the supply chain, and there is always great learning in these types of interactions,” Ms Summers says.

Also present were high-profile Australian fashion designers Lydia Pearson (Easton Pearson) and Haryono Setiadi, an Indonesian born designer making a big name in Australia and around the world.

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