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Illustrious batik collection colors UNESCO Paris headquarters

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The Jakarta Post

- | Sat, June 9, 2018 | 04:06 pm
  • Held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, the "Batik For The World" exhibition is slated to run until June 12, displaying works by Oscar Lawalata, Edward Hutabarat and Denny Wirawan.

    Held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, the "Batik For The World" exhibition is slated to run until June 12, displaying works by Oscar Lawalata, Edward Hutabarat and Denny Wirawan. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, the "Batik For The World" exhibition is slated to run until June 12, displaying works by Oscar Lawalata, Edward Hutabarat and Denny Wirawan.

  • The fiery red dress, created by Denny Wirawan, highlights batik motif signature of Kudus regency in Central Java.

    The fiery red dress, created by Denny Wirawan, highlights batik motif signature of Kudus regency in Central Java. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    The fiery red dress, created by Denny Wirawan, highlights batik motif signature of Kudus regency in Central Java.

  • Denny Wirawan combines an elaborate batik motif with a modern-cut gown.

    Denny Wirawan combines an elaborate batik motif with a modern-cut gown. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Denny Wirawan combines an elaborate batik motif with a modern-cut gown.

  • Denny Wirawan's collection for the batik exhibition consists of dramatic silhouettes decorated with intricate Kudus regency batik motifs in rich hues.

    Denny Wirawan's collection for the batik exhibition consists of dramatic silhouettes decorated with intricate Kudus regency batik motifs in rich hues.   OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Denny Wirawan's collection for the batik exhibition consists of dramatic silhouettes decorated with intricate Kudus regency batik motifs in rich hues.

  • Edward Hutabarat features a feminine and frilly dress decorated with a subtle batik print.

    Edward Hutabarat features a feminine and frilly dress decorated with a subtle batik print. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Edward Hutabarat features a feminine and frilly dress decorated with a subtle batik print.

  • Edward Hutabarat displayed a collection of light, summer-inspired pieces featuring batik motifs from Cirebon and Pekalongan.

    Edward Hutabarat displayed a collection of light, summer-inspired pieces featuring batik motifs from Cirebon and Pekalongan. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Edward Hutabarat displayed a collection of light, summer-inspired pieces featuring batik motifs from Cirebon and Pekalongan.

  • Oscar Lawalata took on a minimalist design dress that is instantly upgraded by a batik throw.

    Oscar Lawalata took on a minimalist design dress that is instantly upgraded by a batik throw. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Oscar Lawalata took on a minimalist design dress that is instantly upgraded by a batik throw.

  • Oscar Lawalata displayed ready-to-wear pieces featuring batik motif from across Java.

    Oscar Lawalata displayed ready-to-wear pieces featuring batik motif from across Java. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    Oscar Lawalata displayed ready-to-wear pieces featuring batik motif from across Java.

  • (Left to right) Jewelry designer Eliana Putri Antonio, Denny Wirawan, Edward Hutabarat, Oscar Lawalata and Program Director at Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation Renitasari Adrian attend the "Batik For The World" exhibition launch at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

    (Left to right) Jewelry designer Eliana Putri Antonio, Denny Wirawan, Edward Hutabarat, Oscar Lawalata and Program Director at Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation Renitasari Adrian attend the "Batik For The World" exhibition launch at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. OF Courtesy of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File

    (Left to right) Jewelry designer Eliana Putri Antonio, Denny Wirawan, Edward Hutabarat, Oscar Lawalata and Program Director at Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation Renitasari Adrian attend the "Batik For The World" exhibition launch at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

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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.

Read also: Oscar Lawalata set to exhibit Batik at UNESCO Paris headquarters

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)

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