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It's batik party time in Jakarta

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 3 2009   /  12:03 pm

On Friday, lecturer Dini Valdiani usually sees some people in batik in her Jakarta-Bogor  train. This Friday, people wearing batik filled up the train carriage. “Almost everyone was wearing batik,” she said. The capital’s business district and governmental area turned into a sea of batik Friday as office workers and civil servants donned batik clothes to celebrate the art form being recognized as an Indonesian cultural heritage for the world.  UNESCO has officially declared Indonesia’s batik — a traditional wax-resistant dyeing technique used on textiles — as part of the world's intangible cultural heritage in its session in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for the public to wear batik on Oct. 2 to celebrate.   “There’s a euphoric feeling of togetherness seeing everyone wearing batik,” office worker R...