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Jakarta Post

Handicrafts, a national asset

  • Burhanuddin Abe


  /   Thu, November 10 2011   /  10:11 am

When Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, visited Indonesia she acknowledged that she was impressed with Indonesian culture. She expressed her admiration when she visited Living World Alam Sutera in North Serpong district, South Tangerang some time ago. Here the beautiful lady from Angola learned to make batik. “Indonesian batik is very beautiful,” she said.

Leila also tried her hand at making the ancient batik design called Ceplok Gondo Madu originating from Central Java. Accompanied by Putri Indonesia 2011 (Indonesia Lady 2011), Maria Selena, Leila visibly enjoyed making batik although it was the first time she had tried her hand at it.

After trying out her artistic skills, Maria and Leila were shown batik from various regions, such as Cirebon, Garut, Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Lase, Sidoarjo, Madura, Surabaya, Pemalang, Medan, Pekalongan and Bali. Each of them received a ba...