Just another overpriced T shirt from Armani? Or an item of subversive clothing that threatens the very fabric (sorry!) of Indonesian society?
Well both actually.
The first point of contention is its astronomical US$42 retail price.
By way of comparison, I usually get my T shirts from Blok M for between US$3-10 depending on the quality. And as they manage to survive the brutal scrubbing of my thick-armed maid, they can’t be half-bad.
As for the Armani T shirt being subversive? Well, this is what Eva Kusuma Sundari, a member of the nationalistic Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), had to say:
"It's such an insult for us… The Garuda is very sacred to us as a nation.”
But threats from some members of the House of Representatives to sue Armani Exchange for willfully desecrating the Garuda Pancasila - which carries a prison term of one year or a Rp 100 million fine - seem to have worked.
Armani have removed the product from their Indonesian website.
So if you want one you’ll have to buy from an overseas seller.