Indonesian batik foundation launches "Batik on Fashion" 2014

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Batik Foundation (YBI) launched an event called "Batik on Fashion" to commemorate National Batik Day on October 2, 2014.

"Batik on Fashion aims to encourage the public, especially the youth, to develop and preserve traditional batiks patterns," YBIs Chairwoman Yultin Ginanjar Kartasasmita said during the launch at the Industrial Ministry office, here Thursday.

Yultin added that Batik on Fashions theme this year was "Sogan, a Classic Art of Batik", which will displayed until Friday (Oct 3).

In Indonesia, Sogan batik is dominated by a classic pattern and brown color.

The name "sogan" was taken from a tree whose wood is used as a natural dye for batik clothes.

With regard to the classic patterns, Yultin explained that it referred to the Javanese palaces.

"We are displaying 27 sogan batik clothes, designed by some famous batik production houses, including Danar Hadi, Djongko Rahardjo, Joko SSP and Ayok Dwi Pancara along with Wicaksono Aji, and Parang Kencana," Yultin mentioned.

Based on Presidential Decree No. 33/2009, Indonesia annually observes the commemoration of National Batik Day on October 2, following the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCOs) decision to include batik in its list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" items.

Indonesias Batik along with the Tango of Argentina and Uruguay, the traditional Ainu dance of Japan, and Frances Aubusson tapestries, were among the 76 elements inscribed on September 30 in UNESCOs Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the United Arab Emirates news agency (WAM) reported on Wednesday (Sept. 30).

UNESCO s list describes Indonesian Batik as "the technique, symbolism, and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik that 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."

Reporting by Feronike Rumere