Sunday, February 14, 2010

Indonesian students celebrate Batik

Indonesian Students in Gothenburg celebrated UNESCO recognition of Batik (02/10) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of the worlds by wearing batik.

Living far from home can increase the desire to embrace your local heritage. On Friday (October 2), the Indonesian Student Association in Gothenburg celebrated the UNESCO recognition of Batik as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Students across Sweden, including Gothenburg wore the Batik clothes as a symbol of homage while promoting the long living heritage.

Although chilly weather struck out, it did not deter this handfull student from wearing the thin batik.

- it is late spring but here in Gothenburg, warmth is always in the air, especially when we are festive like this..." said Monica Wu, Master of International Business and Trade Student in Goteborg University.

- I hope we can bring more colour to Gothenburg today by wearing our batik, thus enhancing its cultural richness..." she adds.

The techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to the end, where infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik.

Batik is dyed by proud craftspeople who draw designs on fabric using dots and lines of hot wax, which resists vegetable and other dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

According to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) - or living heritage - is the mainspring of our cultural diversity and its maintenance a guarantee for continuing creativity.

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