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Jakarta Post

A shared legacy of beautiful batik

  /   Sat, October 3 2009   /  02:05 pm

Indonesians put on their batik shirts and dresses on Friday, taking note with pride that this wasn't just any other Friday when several offices and schools have already adopted the batik dress code - it was the very day that the United Nations' cultural body, UNESCO, has recognized it as a world heritage from Indonesia. The recent tiff with Malaysia over reports that the neighboring country "claimed" several "Indonesian products" probably helped boost the sense of contributing to the national and international campaign that "batik belongs to Indonesia." Never mind that the actual statement from UNESCO dated Sept. 30 does not touch on the controversy of origin. On its list of 76 elements of "intangible cultural heritage" batik is described as "the techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian batik *which* permeate the live...