Sustainable Fashion is part of the design and movement philosophy towards environmental and social sustainability

The term of Sustainable Fashion has become more popular and echoed in various creative events in fashion theme, such as fashion week and exhibitions and expos. The term itself is also related to other terms, like Eco-Fashion and Ethical Fashion. Sustainable Fashion is part of the design and movement philosophy towards environmental and social sustainability, which aimed to create a manageable system in many unlimited aspects in terms of human impacts on the environment and social responsibility.


The intention of sustainable fashion is more than managing things related to textiles or fashion products, but it deals with the whole fashion system.

it also related to social, cultural, ecological and financial systems. Fashion must be explored from the perspective of many stakeholders - users and producers, all living species, inhabitants of the earth at present and also its future on earth. Therefore, sustainable fashion belongs to all of us, and is the responsibility of citizens, the government, the public sector, and the private sector.

The sustainability disposition is significant for fashion, because the textile and fashion industry is one of the leading industries that negatively affect the environment. One of the industries that endanger sustainability is the textile and fashion industries, which also bear great responsibility. The clothing industry has an impact on the environment.

"Indonesian Sustainable Fashion is cultural products in forms of traditional fabrics and handicrafts." - Merdi Sihombing

Disposable clothing looks popular in many malls in America and Europe. This is the main characteristic of fast fashion. However, fast fashions add pollution and produce potential environmental and work hazards. Our homeland, Indonesia is enriched with many textile products, so it is also automatically abound with textile manufacturing techniques which can be found from Sabang to Merauke, Miangas to Rote. One of the products that widely known is batik, which has been named as a world heritage and the glory of Indonesian people. Batik Day has even been set every October 2nd. Alongside with batik, weaving is also followed to be widely liked. Batik and weaving with natural dyes are also becoming trends that have public interest.

Natural dyes from ingredients such as indigo, root of noni tree, mimosa plants and even turmeric, as well as coffee grounds and tea waste are starting to get familiar among the people who are using traditional fabrics. This is manifested by the highly-intensive hype when people attending traditional fabrics exhibitions, which have been grown rapidly in the past 10 years in Jakarta and other major cities. Yet, the awareness of Sustainable Fashion or Eco Fashion in Indonesia is still inadequate. The comprehension itself must be intensified. The definition of Eco Fashion is often associated with eco-friendly fashion or Green Fashion, or also Sustainable Fashion is often identified by having to be made using organic cotton, using recycled materials or using indigo as coloring.

In fact, Sustainable Fashion or Eco Fashion actually has a broad spectrum and is associated with other fashion concepts, such as Ethical Fashion.