The Jakarta Post
Batik creations by three renowned Indonesian designers are currently being exhibited at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.
Titled "Batik For The World", the event opened on June 6 and is slated to run until June 12, displaying works by Oscar Lawalata, Edward Hutabarat and Denny Wirawan.
Initiated by Oscar, the week-long exhibition seeks to present the wealth of culture, rich history and development of Indonesian batik by connecting batik artisans and the art of fashion today.
"I initiated and invited various parties, both government and private to join hands and show the world that we have batik as a strong characteristic and which has lasted for hundreds of years," Oscar said as quoted by kompas.com.
The Indonesian traditional drawing technique is included in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Around 100 batik outfits have been curated jointly by the Indonesian Batik Foundation (YBI), Rumah Pesona Kain and Oscar Lawalata Culture to be displayed in Miro Hall and Segur Hall at the UNESCO headquarters in the French capital.
For the exhibition, Oscar has chosen to display an array of ready-to-wear pieces featuring signature batik motifs from five regions across Java island, namely Madura, Surabaya, Ponogoro, Trenggalek and Tuban.
Edward brought over a collection unique to Cirebon and Pekalongan, while Denny highlighted batik creations from Kudus regency.
The clothes reflect a rich diversity of batik heritage presented in modern workmanship of formal gowns and even wedding dresses.
"I want to show how batik can be coupled with various other branded items but batik remains the center of attention," Edward said.
The event opened with a fashion show presenting the pieces set to be displayed at the exhibitions halls.
A series of other activities are also available to visitors throughout the week, including, among others, to witness the process of batik making by skilled artisans.
There are also discussions on the Indonesian batik industry and its development, batik tradition and culture, as well as talks on how to wear batik cloth. (liz/wng)