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Jakarta Post

Batik makes UNESCO list of heritage

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 3 2009   /  02:04 pm

The ground floor of Plaza Semanggi in Central Jakarta was crowded as usual on Friday afternoon, with people darting in and out for a quick lunch, but there was something particularly unique today. Almost all visitors milling around the mall were clad in batik. Saphyrenia Adelisa, 19, also jumped on the bandwagon in expressing the nation's love for batik. The sophomore wore a loose batik top over a pair of jeans. "I'm so proud that batik is now officially Indonesia's," she told The Jakarta Post. UNESCO added Indonesia's batik to its representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, making it Indonesia's third cultural heritage after wayang and kris. UNESCO's programme specialist for culture, Masanori Nagaoka, said in his speech in an event on batik at the research and technology ministry that the validation meant Indonesia now had to work to safegua...