Indonesia Will Be Wearing Our Beautiful Batik Tomorrow
UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)`s list describes Indonesian Batik as: The techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end: infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik.
We still have plenty of works to do, plenty of national cultural heritage to be authenticated. But for now, I’m just so excited about tomorrow’s batik day (2 October 2009). People will be wearing batik to work, school, universities, and at home (well, I always wear batik at home anyway :D).
“Batik is regarded as a cultural icon with its own uniqueness. It contains symbols and deep philosophy of the human life cycle –and it was submitted by Indonesia as a non-material element of cultural heritage,” Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie told a press conference on Monday.
Batik (and its traditional patterns) can also be found in Malaysia, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Singapore. But Indonesia’s batik is specified by the use of canting in the making of it.
Unlike in other countries, Indonesia is particularly very proud of its batik which is considered as formal dress in official functions.
More good news for people in Jakarta wearing batik!
In the spirit of supporting Jakarta residents who wear Batik on October 2, the Jakarta city government would give special discounts to those entering recreation centers in the city.
“Museums run by the Jakarta regional government will give free tickets in the period October 3-7, 2009 only for those who wear Batik,” chief of Jakarta city`s culture and tourism office, Arie Budhiman, said.
Among the museums to give free tickets are the Jakarta History Museum, Ceramic and Art Museum, Maritime Museum, Joeang Museum, MH Thamrin Museum and Textile Museum.
On October 5, Ragunan Zoo would give free tickets only to those who come wearing batik dress. On the same day, Ancol recreation park will give a 50-percent discount on tickets at its main gates, Atlantis and Gelanggang Samudera park. Dunia Fantasi would also give a 40-percent discount on the same day.
Also: get discount & privileges by wearing your batik 2nd of October 2009 from COLD STONE, COSI, The Muffin House, Mangkok Putih, My Hanoi Villa, SING! N Free slider Only @ fX lifestyle X’center.
Despite next week’s batik fiesta, for sure we still remember our beloved family, friends and relatives in Padang who were victimized by yesterday’s earthquake.
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