Training of Indonesian Batik making

Karachi: Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi organized a demonstration and training of Indonesian Traditional Batik Making.

The event was officially opened by the Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Rossalis R. Adenan and attended by some Pakistani arts students, wives of diplomatic communities, and Pakistani arts lovers in Karachi who are interested in knowing and understanding Indonesian traditional batik.

The President of the Pakistan-Indonesia Friendship Society Mahmudulaziz and the President of the Pakistan-Indonesia Business Forum Majid Haji Muhammad also attended the event.

In his remarks, Indonesian CG mentioned that the purpose of this event is to provide opportunity to the Pakistani nationals and diplomatic community in Karachi, particularly to the ladies and arts lovers, to learn and to know more about Indonesian traditional batik. He also mentioned that as the biggest archipelagic country in the world with more than 17000 islands and 240 million population, it would be impossible to visit and live in Indonesia without knowing one of the country’s most highly developed arts form called batik as the traditional fabric of the country.

He further mentioned that the word batik is thought to be derived from the Javanese word called ‘mbatik’ which means ‘a cloth with little dots’. The suffix “tik’ means little dot, point or to make dots. The other version says that batik originated from Javanese word of “tritik’ which means a resist process for dying where the pattern are reserve on the textile by typing and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phrase for the mystical experience of making batik is ‘mbatik manah’ which means ‘drawing a batik design on the heart’.

He stressed that apart from the world’s recognition of Indonesian’ robust economy amid the debilitating crisis in Europe and the US, batik as Indonesia universally accepted cultural heritage, is a trademark that has built national pride which has been designated as a ‘Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO on October 2009. As part of the UNESCO’s acknowledgement, it insisted that Indonesia preserve their heritage.

The Consul General also stressed that the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked Indonesians to dress in batik after the UNESCO added the traditional wax-resistant dyeing technique to its tangible cultural heritage list, giving the centuries old batik tradition some degree of protection. Four years after UNESCO decided batik as one of the World Heritages of Humanity, in 2 October 2012, some Indonesian batik lovers declared that day as ‘Batik Day” for celebrating a national pride and cultural heritage of Indonesia. The celebration is an effort to preserve and promote batik to the international community that batik is Indonesian national heritage that has been recognized by UNESCO as masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

He further stressed that member of international community have yet run out of words of admiration batik. The legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, for instance, wears batik shirts that he has collected for years. At home, batik has gradually become an inseparable part of our national, individual and corporate identities. For example, musicians, singers and artists painted their belongings with a batik motif. In same mood, the country’s largest domestic carrier, Lion Air, has named its subsidiary company as Batik Air.

At that occasion, an Indonesian artist from Batik House Indonesia Jakarta, Ms. Venny Alamsyah, shared with those who attended the event her knowledge and skill in making Indonesian traditional batik. The event is very important and good opportunity for Pakistani people and diplomatic community, particularly ladies and art lovers in Karachi to know and understand Indonesian traditional batik making process. It is believed that this event will also be an important contribution to further strengthen cultural relations between Pakistan and Indonesia

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