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Rich batik heritage on display in Indonesia
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Feb '12
“Indonesian Batik: A Living Heritage”, a batik show currently going on at the National Gallery in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta, is providing an insight into the country's batik history.

The exhibition is also showcasing the latest developments and gives a glimpse of future changes in batik making techniques.

The exposition forms a part of a series of cultural events being organized to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Indonesia (Jerin).

A 12-metre-long wall engraving, reading “Batik dari Masa ke Masa” that is “Batik Through the Ages”, leads the way of visitors to the exhibition showcasing collection of all eras and from across the country.

Besides, over 80 vintage batik pieces owned by German and Indonesian collectors are also being showcased at the gallery, which well evidences how batik pulls together people of different cultures and backgrounds, and binds them together as one.

The collection in the lobby area has been obtained on loan from German collectors Annegret Haake and Rudolf G. Smend, and from Indonesian batik collector Hani Winotosastro.

A room in the gallery exhibits work of the Clean Batik Initiative (CBI), a four-year programme that the Indonesia's Environment Ministry launched in 2010 in association with German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Ekonid).

The CBI is aimed at evolving environmentally safer ways of preparing batik, and its activities are planned to expand to other batik-making areas like Sumatra, Kalimantan and Madura.

The objective of CBI is to re-introduce the use of natural dyes in batik production, while cutting down on the use of water and energy.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the show, Germany's ambassador to Indonesia, Norbert Baas said Batik is a trademark of Indonesia, and has always lured the visitors with its vibrant colours, designs and meanings. Batik has great potential and a great future ahead of it, he added.

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