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Jakarta Post

Preserving and celebrating batik

  • Elyzabeth Winda

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 5 2012   /  07:53 am

Batik emissaries: Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar (right) congratulates Muhammad Ihsan Pribadi (second left) and Indah Anggraini (third left), the winners of the Putra-Putri Batik Nusantara contest, in Jakarta on Tuesday. (JP/Ricky Yudisthira)Colorful lights and the thumping rhythms of traditional music accompanied the dancers who emerged onstage. Moments later, 27 young people appeared and mingled with the dancers, and Balai Kartini’s Convention Hall was filled with boisterous applause. And, as far as the eye could see, people were clad in batik in various shades and colors.

This was the opening act of the final night of the selection of Putra-Putri Batik Nusantara (PPBN) 2012. The event was organized to coincide with National Batik Day, which is celebrated every year on Oct. 2.

Batik is part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage and was recogni...