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November 8th, 2011

Winners - American Batik Design Competition 2011

Winners - American Batik Design Competition 2011 at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, November 8 2011

April 8th, 2011

Speech by Amb Dino Djalal on The Launching Ceremony for the First American Batik Design Competition

Ambassador Dino Djalal gave his speech on The Launching Ceremony for the First American Batik Design Competition and with Indonesian Ambassador for United Nations and Indonesian Consulate Generals officially launched the Competition on April 8 2011 in Washington DC.

April 20th, 2011

Speech by Amb. Dino Djalal at the American Batik Design Competition Launching Ceremony in NY

Amb. Dino Djalal gave his speech at the American Batik Design Competition Launching Ceremony in NY on April 20, 2011.

April 20th, 2011

American Batik Design Competition Launched - New York

American Batik Design Competition Launched in NY on April 20, 2011.
Batik is a traditional method of creating brightly colored patterns on cloth, and it is native to many countries like Indonesia. The competition showcases Indonesian batik to help the world take notice. Our correspondent in New York has the details.

The Indonesian Ambassador for the U.S. launched the American Batik Design Competition last Wednesday in New York.

[Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian Ambassador for United States]: "In the beginning, we were looking for a creative way to promote batik. One way that we chose was to make Americans feel like they also own batik."

The theme of this competition is "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik."

The video is courtesy of NDTV

The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik

This video shot in Yogyakarta where all the desing form the winners of Batik Design being transformed into Batik.

Indonesian Batik

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2009

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

Clothes with everyday designs are worn regularly in business and academic settings, while special varieties are incorporated into celebrations of marriage and pregnancy and into puppet theatre and other art forms.

The garments even play the central role in certain rituals, such as the ceremonial casting of royal batik into a volcano. 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.

The wide diversity of patterns reflects a variety of influences, ranging from Arabic calligraphy, European bouquets and Chinese phoenixes to Japanese cherry blossoms and Indian or Persian peacocks. Often handed down within families for generations, the craft of batik is intertwined with the cultural identity of the Indonesian people and, through the symbolic meanings of its colours and designs, expresses their creativity and spirituality.

Country(ies): Indonesia

© 2007 by KADIN Indonesia Foundation and Indonesia Batik Museum Institute

The video is courtesy of UNESCO

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