The Jakarta Post
A miniature of the Kain Batik Garuda Nusantara (Kain BGN) cloth is equipped with augmented reality features that enables users to scan and read the Batik for World Peace Pledge. (Tjanting Batik Nusantara/File)
The Tjanting Batik Nusantara Foundation (Yayasan TBN) has staged an event much anticipated by those who love batik. Titled “Tjanting Funweek: Batik for World Peace”, the event was held for one week, featuring main events on Friday, Oct. 4, at Sound River Studios in Long Island, New York, United States.
Set against the background of the East River, Manhattan's skyscrapers and the United Nations headquarters, Tjanting Funweek was full of exciting activities such as a Funwalk that comprised “tasks” with gifts as rewards, a Funbazaar offering up Indonesian delicacies and products and a Funstage that showcased Indonesian music and cultural performances.
Among the tasks for the Funwalk, participants stopped at five points marked with the letters B, A, T, I and K to send a supportive message for the “Batik for World Peace” movement. Meanwhile, the Funstage was graced with performances from harpist Maya Hasan, DJ duo Diskoria and pianist Ayunia I. Saputro, among others.
On Oct. 2 which is National Batik Day, Maya Hasan performed a solo concert titled “Unrevealed Heritage: Living Resonance” at the Pancasila room on the first floor of the Indonesian consulate building in New York. Representatives of Yayasan TBN, the consulate and the Organization of Indonesian Students in the United States (PERMIAS) attended the concert.
Meanwhile, during the celebration of National Batik Day in Surakarta, Central Java, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said people needed to preserve the tradition of Batik to increase its global recognition.
Yayasan TBN, as the initiator of the Batik for World Peace movement, began holding activities on Aug. 1 when it unveiled the 74 meter long Batik Garuda Nusantara cloth (Kain BGN) at the Bundaran HI MRT station in Jakarta.
President Jokowi and first lady Iriana began the coloring process on the day, and at the time of writing, the cloth is still being colored with the involvement of several batik centers.
A miniature of Kain BGN was displayed during the Indo Fest event, organized by East Coast Permias in Boston on Sept. 28. The display of the miniature cloth was equipped with augmented reality features that enabled users to scan and read the Batik for World Peace Pledge.
The pledge, which expresses hope for a bright future for batik, also makes wishes for the welfare of children and the elderly, for the young generation to be creative and proud of their own culture and for the state ideology Pancasila to remain glorious. (mut)