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After 10 years of revival, batik continues to charm the youth

Medina Rahma Putri

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, October 1, 2019  /  01:52 pm
After 10 years of revival, batik continues to charm the youth

Handmade: A batik craftswoman blows the tip of her 'canting', a tool used to paint patterns on batik fabrics, at her workshop. (JP/Sigit Pamungkas)

This year's celebration of National Batik Day will be bigger than ever. Indonesia’s best-known traditional fabric, batik, has become increasingly popular in the past 10 years. It was the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that made batik popular among contemporary Indonesian society with its decision to recognize the fabric as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” on Oct. 2, 2009. Prior to that day, the popularity of batik among Indonesians had been in decline. Many young Indonesians at the time considered the fabric outdated and only suitable to be worn by old people. Following UNESCO’s recognition, the Indonesian government named Oct. 2 National Batik Day. The fabric also gets special recognition every Friday since 2009, as the government and batik enthusiasts have been calling on the p...