03.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta marks “Batik Day” by wearing Batik to work

UNESCO Jakarta

Each year on 2 October, Indonesians celebrate the “Batik Day”. The day was created to mark the date when Indonesian Batik was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 2 October 2009. Staff of UNESCO Office in Jakarta jointly celebrated this cultural heritage by wearing clothing featuring the Batik to work today.

In Indonesia, Batik is regarded as both formal and casual wear as well as the inspiration for many contemporary haute couture. Many people often opt for the colourful and lightweight Batik in their daily attire, which is uniquely suited to the hot and humid weather of Indonesia. Different regions in the country are known for a specific Batik pattern and colour scheme.
Ms. Asanti Astari (Culture Unit), wore a Batik patterned after a parang which is the oldest batik motif in Indonesia, as well as the most popular and often used.  “The parang or the sword pattern indicates strength or power” explained Ms Astari. Parang batik motifs are shaped like a winding letter S. The basic form also symbolizes ocean waves that represents the spirit that never dies.
Intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life.
UNESCO has been working for over 60 years in the field of intangible cultural heritage, which culminated with the adoption in 2003 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Related information:

The UNESCO Representative List

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

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