Portrait of an Indonesia Mini SOP participant
Esty Dyah Imaniar
I am the founder of Modesty Indonesia. This company produces apparel with hand embroidered calligraphy of peace and equality values in Islam. Under the idea of WeaReaDonate, we aim not only to create unique modest fashion (wear), but also to educate Muslim women by including writing of the history behind the values embroidered on the garments (read), and help women feel empowered and peaceful through Islamic campaign work with our community partners (donate).
As the Muslim fashion industry gets bigger, I wish that I can employ this benefit by working on peaceful Islam campaign through it. I aim to bring Islamic peace values and gender equality in a popular way, since many (young) people tend to support (or pay no attention to) religious-based violence merely because they have no enough understanding about why they should campaign for peaceful Islam or how to work on it.
Many of the dresses and hijabs I make aim to encourage Muslim women not to disvalue themselves since in Islam there is no first or second gender. All humans are equal in front of God, no matter what gender they have.
I participated in the Indonesia Mini SOP at the Ciptagelar indigenous community in West Java. I decided to join because I found that this agenda fits my passion and vision. Moreover, I think this event does not only use dialogue in a superficial way. It goes further from my expectations, and doesn’t only look for “common ground” of faiths but how to work within them to solve society’s problems. That’s why I decide to join mini SOP.
During structural analysis classes, I learned a lot about the root problem of current conditions and my stance on it. We learned about capitalism and I realized how the fashion industry (the field I am working in now) is closely related with it. Knowing the problem, I will try to keep running this business in a more social-enterprise approach by empowering local artists, paying attention to worker’s rights, arranging more reasonable profits, etc. Actually, I did learn about capitalism back in university, however the classes in mini SOP work better for me. It didn’t only give me knowledge but courage to act.