The Jakarta Post
A batik artist applies hot wax in the shape of motifs to preserve the color of the base fabric in the resist-dyeing technique that is used to make the traditional textile. (JP/Sigit Pamungkas)
The Bogor administration has introduced its new batik uniform for civil servants at a public event on Monday at Botani Square in Bogor, West Java.
The event also featured the products of the six notable batik houses that produced the new uniform: Tradisiku, Handayani Geulis, Pancawati, Paniisan, Rahagi Persama Makmur and Indriya R. Dani.
In addition, the Bogor administration used the occasion to launch the "100% Bogor Pisan" logo as a denomination of origin to boost the local economy.
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Batik artist Sri Ratna Handayani Budhie of Handayani Geulis said that she used black as the base color of the uniform.
For the fabric pattern, Sri combined several icons of the city, such as the uncal or rusa totol (spotted deer), the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), bunga padma (Rafflesia patma), the taro, the Cisadane River, Mount Salak and raindrops.
Motifs representing spotted deer, rafflesia flowers, corpse flowers and other icons of Bogor adorn the batik that will be used to produce the new uniform. (JP/Theresia Sufa)
“We [batik makers] are honored to produce these uniforms in large quantities. I typically produce up to 300 lengths of batik every month for [making] the uniforms,” she said. (dpk/kes)