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Jakarta Post

Solo batik carnival united in batik

Wed, July 18, 2018   /   04:05 pm
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    Simply wonderful: The carnival's participants charm tourists with their colorful costumes during the parade. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Lady in red: A participant from Semarang, Central Java, joins in the parade. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Flower lady: A participant from Salatiga, Central Java, is dressed in a costume covered in flowers. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    United: Dressed in colorful costumes, participants perform as part of the Solo Batik Carnival in Surakarta, Central Java. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Look at me: A participant strikes a pose during the carnival. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Song to remember: Clad in a vibrant costume, singer Trie Utami entertains the Carnival's audience with her hit songs. JP/ Maksum Nur Fauzan

Maksum Nur Fauzan

Colorful batik was showcased by 300 participants from across the nation on the streets of Surakarta, Central Java, for the Solo Batik Carnival on July 14.

The event chose Ika Paramartha as the main theme. The word ika was taken from Indonesia’s national motto Bhinneka

Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity), while paramartha represents the good things that bind the country together.

The carnival, which is on the Tourism Ministry’s list of “100 Wonderful Events in Indonesia”, further cements Surakarta’s status as the city of batik.

The carnival’s coordinator Ragowo Ade Kurniawan said that this year, the event focused on batik from all regions of the country, not just Surakarta.

The event featured designs from the Lenggang Batavia (Jakarta), Jawa Dwipa (Java), Nagari Minangkabau (Sumatra), Mapalili Mamiri (Sulawesi), Dayak Borneo (Kalimantan), Tiara Dewata (Bali), Sasando Timor (Nusa Tenggara) and Tana Sajojo (Papua) cultural groups.

The carnival was also marked with a performance by renowned singer Trie Utami, who sang her hit songs while participants graced a catwalk.

After a fashion show at Sriwedari Stadium, the participants formed a 4-kilometer procession toward Vastenburg Fort, attracting thousands of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of ondel-ondel (giant Betawi effigies) or traditional dances performed by the participants.