Behind the Garuda Costume in 2018 Asian Games Opening Ceremony

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  • Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Aug. 18, 2018. AP

    Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Aug. 18, 2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony that was opened by Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium last night gave us magnificent performances, glorious stage, and fireworks.

    However, from the entire show, one element that caught the eye of the viewers were the women in Garuda costumes that led the parade of each and every athlete into the field. The costume itself was designed by designer Dynand Fariz, founder of the Jember Fashion Carnival (JFC).

    Kostum garuda di pembukaan Asian Games 2018. INASGOC/Jefri Tarigan

    Dyand Fariz decided to use the Garuda state symbol considering that the Garuda represents, “grandeur, authority, elegance, superiority, glory, triumph, and the light that will illuminate the world,” Dynand Fariz told Tempo today on Sunday, August 19.

    The selection of golden, according to Dyand, is also to corroborate with Asian Games’ slogan “Energy of Asia” since it resembles Asia’s light.

    Dynand Fariz produced 50 Garuda costumes that weighed 30 kilograms each. As of the main material of the costume, Dyand said that he and the JFC creative team used matrasses and metal slabs finished off with jewels, “The production process spent about 3 months.”

    Dynand Fariz and his internationally acclaimed costumes include ‘the Chronicle of Borobudur’ worn by Miss Indonesia of 2014 Elvira Devinamira in the 2014-2015 Miss Universe Contest that won the best national costume.

    ASTARI PINASTHIKA SAROSA