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Jakarta Post

The beauty of do-it-yourself batik

  /   Sun, October 11 2009   /  11:14 am

Not all people love textiles and not all people love fabrics. But of course, most people do love fashion. Little do we know that behind the lavish word and world of "fashion", there stand the magical words and worlds of "textiles'"and "fabrics". The Indonesian textile heritage is the pride and joy of the nation. Not only with the precious traditional fabrics, but also the growing number of the nation's best designers now involved in batik. Then comes the miraculous mix between our Indonesian traditional heritage and the modernity of today's world in terms of fashion and artistic values. Now you can find batik, ulos (North Sumatra's woven fabric), songket (fabric with embroidery), and all the different fabrics with contemporary designs coming from every part of Indonesia right before your very eyes: not only the Javanese textiles, but also those from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimanta...