Some call it uncomfortable. I call it big. Whatever the judgment, world leaders at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, representing more than half of the world’s GDP, are exotic sportswear for a signature event called “stupid image. ” Over the years, since 1993, the dress ritual showed American jackets bombardières, Star Trek suits China, Philippine barons, hanbok and ponchos from South Korea, Chile, among others. But note the APEC costumes is the batik candy as presented in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Of the two neighbors, Indonesia is artistically closer to my heart – for two reasons. In 2000, Hand Held, an ex-convicted drug rehabilitation center in Singapore, opened up the exotic world of Indonesian artifacts. First, it was furniture; Then batik. Gradually, as the popularity of Indon became large in me, where I live was becoming smaller with pieces of mattfinish teak wood fill all the available horizontal space, and batik paintings framed in the vertical space. It was love at first sight of batik, a form of works of art from centuries of acculturation. I am proud when I was appointed in private Mr. Teak and Mr. Batik. I had earned those names. Batik is a manifestation of the religious plurality and social cohesion of Indonesia. It joins the current Islamic culture of the nation and a Hindu and Buddhist past imposing.
One of the important heritage identities of Indonesia; Batik has been designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009. The batik textiles of a resistant technical dyeing wax are found in many parts of Southeast Asia, the subcontinent and places With respect to Nigeria and Egypt, where the art form was supposedly used to wrap mummies in the fourth century BC. However, Indonesian batik is the most complex and sophisticated in design, engineering and manufacturing. For an esthete, Indonesian batik is not just a piece of colored cloth, but a fine fabric woven with the history and heritage of a nation. If I have not put on a custom batik shirt despite a small collection of art, it is because I am still illiterate about its statutes. Many batiks are specific to the occasion. It is believed that certain fabrics and patterns have mystical powers to ward fortune, while others may bring luck.
According to various Indon cultural vultures, babies are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to attract good luck. Some models are reserved for brides and grooms, and the dead are wrapped in funeral batik. While the entire nation was a singular book, batik is also trapped in a system of classes, as shown by plans reserved for the sultan and his family and other elites.
They say that the style of the batik you wear is a determining factor of your social situation. Batik garments are customary for many rituals. According to history books, in naloni’s first mitoni pregnancy ceremony, the mother-to-be is wrapped in seven layers of batik before being endowed with blessings. When a child touches the ground first, batik is used in the Tedy siten ceremony to seek the blessings and protection of God and the ancestors. Batik is also part of the Labuhan ceremony where people throw offers at sea to satisfy people who diet Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. Although the batik command enormous respect in the world, the sense of humor of the clothing radiates a political depth in Indonesia.
After centuries of foreign influences, batik has been reinvented in the 1960s on the islands as a means of protest. Indonesian fashion designers, who have tried to innovate in women Kebaya adjusts adding new colors, fabrics and prints, took a hand in the arm while the government was taking steps to preserve the tradition. The value of batik exports rose to 340 million in 2014 is expected to grow 300% to $ 1.5 billion over the next four years