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Jakarta Post

Batik around the world

  • Triwik Kurniasari


Jakarta   /   Sun, January 24 2010   /  12:30 pm

The art of batik has come a long way from being a mere handicraft. Today, it is at the forefront of fusion in the fashions of the world. Rico Rinaldi Tono was surprised when he was named as the winner for the fashion category in the Piala Seri Endon Batik designing competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recently. The Piala Seri Endon, now in its seventh year, was held in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur International Batik (KLIB) Convention and Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The KLIB is a biennial event under the Malaysia Batik - Crafted For the World movement, bringing in more than 20 speakers from various countries (including Singapore, Indonesia, India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Japan), as well as holding a three-day batik exhibition. The 23-year-old Malaysian designer beat other participants with his "Republic Flora" collection to br...