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Ignorance may lead to the demise of industry

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 21 2016   /  08:55 am
Under the sun: Workers dry batik cloth in the traditional way.(Courtesy of Muchamad Ali Jufri)

Under the sun: Workers dry batik cloth in the traditional way.(Courtesy of Muchamad Ali Jufri)Many Indonesians cannot distinguish genuine batik from textiles with batik motifs, a problem that has resulted in a stagnant batik industry despite government claims that sales of batik are growing rapidly at home and abroad.

This ignorance is not found exclusively among the masses.

The government failed to distinguish batik from textiles that feature batik motifs (batik printing), in a recent report about batik, even though batik researchers and industry players alike agree that the word batik refers exclusively to the traditional technique of drawing and dyeing cloth using wax. Batik motifs printed using modern machines do not constitute batik.

Since 2009, when UNESCO, declared the traditional technique of batik, both stamped (cap) and hand-drawn (tulis), as intangible Ind...