Batik Day observed to nurture love, pride for culture: Minister

Batik Day observed to nurture love, pride for culture: Minister

Batik illustration (HO/Garuda Kencana Batik)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Batik Day is observed to nurture love and pride for cultural objects, according to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno.

During a webinar witnessed from here on Saturday, Uno remarked that National Batik Day was observed as part of the government's efforts to raise Indonesia's dignity and positive image in the international forum.

Indonesian batik was acknowledged by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity, he noted.

UNESCO's decision was based on how Indonesian batik is closely linked to scores of symbols that signify social status, culture, nature, and history.

Every pattern in batik is steeped in philosophy and holds meaning that convey cultural values.

Batik, as an artwork of high value, has been a part of Indonesia's culture since long, dating back to the fourth century, primarily in Java Island.

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Uno noted that his group will continue to support creative economy entrepreneurs, especially in the field of fashion, to continue to hone their work and offer broader job opportunities.

The minister expressed hope that National Batik Day would be an opportunity to create new businesses to support the people's economy as well as help to preserve Indonesian culture through batik.

Currently, creative industry centers not only hold high potential for the fashion industry but also several other potentials by turning batik weaving centers into cultural tourism destinations and traditional fashion hubs.

At least 10 batik centers in Java Island comprised the Trusmi Batik Centre in Cirebon, Palbatu Batik Centre in Jakarta, Kauman Batik Village in Pekalongan, Semarang Batik Village, Giriloyo Batik Village in Yogyakarta, Laweyan Batik Village in Solo, Girli Kliwonan Batik Village in Sragen, Lasem Batik Centre in Rembang, Jetis Batik Village in Sidoarjo, and Putat Jaya Batik Village in Surabaya.

Citing the Industry Ministry's data, the international export value of Indonesian batik was recorded to have reached US$532.66 million in 2020. Meanwhile, in the first quarter of 2021, batik exports were valued at US$157.84 million. 

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