04.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

National Batik Day celebration supports youth and the future of batik

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UNESCO Jakarta, together with Citi Indonesia, held a celebration for Indonesia’s national Batik Day on 2 October 2018 in Magelang, Central Java.

The celebration kicked off the second-phase of the UNESCO-Citi Indonesia project, “Creative Youth at Indonesian Heritage Sites”, which aims to improve the business and financial knowledge of youth artisans and entrepreneurs in the creative industries. Over 150 participants including students, youth batik producers, local government officials, and community members gathered together in Magelang for Batik Day, celebrating the importance of this intangible cultural heritage.

The event, called “Youth Celebrate Batik Day”, was opened with welcome remarks from Mr. Nanda Cahya Pribadi (Head of Borobudur Sub-District), Ms. Zaimul Azzah, M.Hum (Head of Cultural Values Preservation Office, Yogyakarta Province), Mr. Ananta Wisesa (Head of External Communication, Citi Indonesia) and also featured a video message from the Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta, Prof. Shahbaz Khan. In his video message, Mr. Khan highlighted that UNESCO Jakarta is dedicated to preserving cultural heritage and promoting artistic expression. He also hopes that this celebration will highlight the importance of batik in Indonesia’s cultural landscape, and that this tradition will continue to thrive and fuel the creativity of today’s youth.

Ms.  Zaimul Azzah, M. Hum stated that her office appreciates the celebration of Batik Day as it is in line with their work in preserving the intangible cultural heritage in Indonesia.  She hopes that the youth can continue working on preserving batik and that they will develop new, interesting batik motifs using their youth spirit and creativity.

Mr. Ananta Wisesa mentioned that as phase 2 of the Citi-UNESCO project begins, Citi Indonesia looks forward to continuing their support for the youth entrepreneurs and fostering the expansion of economic opportunities in Indonesia’s creative industries.

During the event, the youth also expressed a joint message to the public about their commitment and positive spirit to support the preservation activities of batik for the future generations.
The highlight of the full-day event was a massive batik workshop, where over a hundred participants made their own hand-crafted batik pieces using natural dyes and fabrics. The celebration also showcased an art performance and a batik fashion show put on by the youth artisans from Yogyakarta and Central Java Provinces.

Batik Day celebrates a unique centerpiece of Indonesian tradition, livelihoods, and artisanship, and mobilizes support for the crucial role that youth play in carrying on this important cultural handicraft in the future.

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