A total of 23 experts on traditional textiles from 16 nations, including the United States, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, are attending the symposium.
As a cultural heritage and products of civilization, traditional textiles are emblematic of noble philosophies visualized in designs, diversity, color combination, and the production process, Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X noted in his opening remarks, read out by Arofa Noor Indriani, acting secretary of the Yogyakarta Special Autonomous Region, here on Tuesday.
Diversity has made traditional textiles alluring for which it should be protected, the Sultan noted.
He expressed gratitude for the Indonesian traditional textile called batik being inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 2, 2009.
The regional biennial symposium is highlighted by textile design and photography competitions.
Indonesia has at least 39 traditional textiles, including batik, ulos, and several other traditional woven clothing from different regions, recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage, Binsar Simanullang, head of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Sub-directorate of the Education and Culture Ministry, stated.
The 2019 ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium was expected to help support the preservation of Indonesia's intangible cultural heritage, he added. Related news: UNESCO starts evaluation on recognition to batik: Jokowi
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