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If 60 million people - a quarter of the Indonesian population - will wear batik today that will be a special day indeed. Never was our traditional fabric put on the national pedestal in such a way in recent memory. Being recognized by UNESCO as an Indonesian cultural contribution to the world is a valid reason to celebrate this beautiful traditional fabric and the garments made from it.
Read our longform "Batik: a cultural dilemma of infatuation and appreciation" here.
our special interview "Designer Oscar Lawalata seeks to support batik artisans" here.
(The Jakarta Post)