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Tjanting Batik Nusantara gears up to promote batik in New York

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, September 17, 2019  /  05:15 pm
Tjanting Batik Nusantara gears up to promote batik in New York

A visitor tries batik augmented reality during the “Menuju New York lewat MRT” event on Saturday. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

The Bundaran HI MRT station in Central Jakarta looked livelier on Saturday evening.

At 4 p.m., visitors to Koridor A could hear music performances by harpist Maya Hasan and Ayub Dzikra Music.

In the venue, visitors were also able to check Kain SDM Indonesia Maju, a miniature of a 74-meter-long batik cloth Garuda Nusantara, and batik augmented reality.

The activities were part of “Menuju New York lewat MRT” (Going to New York via MRT) event, which ran from Sept. 11 to 15.

Hosted by the Tjanting Batik Nusantara Foundation, “Menuju New York lewat MRT” served as an introductory event for “Tjanting Fun Day: Batik for World Peace”, which is scheduled to run on Sept. 29 at Skylight for Four Freedom Parks in New York, the United States, at the same time with the UN General Assembly.

Chairman of the organization’s supervisory board, Pheo M. Hutabarat, told The Jakarta Post that the upcoming event would mark the beginning of the Batik Perdamaian Dunia (Batik for World Peace) cultural movement, featuring the Garuda Nusantara batik cloth.

He hoped that the movement could strengthen the state ideology Pancasila.

“We are certain that batik is among our cultural heritages that strengthens our unity in diversity,” he added.

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Harpist Maya Hasan during the “Menuju New York lewat MRT” event on Saturday. Harpist Maya Hasan during the “Menuju New York lewat MRT” event on Saturday. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Prior to the event, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana had begun the coloring process of the 74-meter-long batik cloth on Aug. 1 at Bundaran HI MRT station.

The coloring process of Garuda Nusantara batik cloth is expected to finish next year as it uses the traditional batik-making process and involves eight batik centers.

While waiting for the batik cloth to finish, Pheo explained that they wanted to start the movement now.

"We hope through this program, Maya Hasan's [performance] in Jakarta and [the upcoming event] on Sept. 29, they will know that the 74-meter-long batik cloth is currently in progress,” said Pheo.

With regard to “Tjanting Fun Day: Batik for World Peace”, Pheo explained that event will feature various activities, including a fun walk, information about Garuda Nusantara batik cloth, batik augmented reality as well as Kain SDM Indonesia Maju.

“Tjanting Fun Day: Batik for World Peace” is open to the public. Registration is available online through this link. (kes)