The Jakarta Post
Step outside today, and you are likely to come face to face with a sea of batik in public spaces nationwide. The colorful parade is in honor of National Batik Day, which marks UNESCO’s recognition of batik as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity” on this date in 2009.
Batik has made remarkable headway on the national fashion front this century, with Indonesian consumers embracing trendier, more modern styles. The once specially designated “batik Fridays” have come and gone: today, every day can be batik day, whether as smart formal attire for the office or casual wear to head to the mall.
Indonesians from all walks of life and ethnicities today claim the Javanese-originated fabric as part of their national pride.
But glimpses of batik on the international stage remain too few and far between. When they do occur – as d...