Indonesian designers defy stereotypes of Muslim fashion

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Models present creations by designer Somarta during a Fashion Week show in JakartaBy Andjarsari Paramaditha JAKARTA (Reuters) – As the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia has high demand for clothing that adheres to religious rules emphasizing modesty for women. But as the stylish, colorful and cool outfits at Jakarta Fashion Week showed, the Southeast Asian nation also aims to be the global leader in the Muslim fashion industry that is worth nearly $100 billion by some estimates. Indonesia’s government is championing young designers and the garment trade, which employs more than 3 million people and contributes about $15 billion to the economy. …

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