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Administration calls for all-in batik day this Friday

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 29 2009   /  01:15 pm

Jakarta is set to become an ocean of batik this Friday, with the city administration officially calling upon all residents to wear batik in recognition of UNESCO's decision to add the traditional dyeing technique to its list of elements of intangible cultural heritage. The administration sent a formal request to all government offices and private companies in the city to ask their employees to wear batik on Oct. 2, the date when UNESCO will officially announce the listing, deputy governor for culture and tourism affairs, Aurora Frida Tambunan, said Monday. "We hope this will inspire many city residents to join in and show their support for the listing," she told reporters. Aurora said she also expected to see many students and those working in service and tourism sectors wearing batik. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also asked Indonesians to wear batik on Frid...