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Batik, kris and wayang get UNESCO world heritage status

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 6 2010   /  01:02 pm

UNESCO on Friday awarded Indonesia four certificates, three stating that it recognized three intangible cultural heritages and one stating its recognition of the country's efforts to preserve its culture. The three intangible cultural heritages were batik, a method of decorating fabric with a special dyeing techniques producing specific patterns, wayang, a traditional shadow puppet play, and kris, a traditional ceremonial dagger. The certificates were symbolically handed by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, to Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik and Coordinating Public Welfare Minister Agung Laksono. After the awards were given, Agung said, the country should preserve the heritage to prevent the recognition from being withdrawn. "Batik can be preserved by always wearing it. What will be hard is preserving wayang and kris," he said. Agung added he had issued ...