President Jokowi: Batik Should Become National Branding
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made the first stroke to draw batik pattern on 74-meter fabric, at Bundaran HI Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station, Jakarta, Thursday (1/8). This occasion is part of a series of activities to celebrate the 74th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day.
“Since the independence day is in August, so today, on 1 August 2019, a 74-meter batik fabric is started to be made to mark the celebration of the 74th anniversary of our independence day,” President Jokowi said.
The President expressed his hope that batik as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage can be recognized as an Indonesian brand to international community.
He also expressed his hope that there will be regeneration of batik crafters. Thus, batik can be developed and promoted as an Indonesian brand.
Regarding his experience in making batik, the President said that it takes patience to make one. In that event, he drew Gordo pattern, which comes from the word ‘Garuda’, the mythological bird and Indonesia’s national emblem. (FID/RAH/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Mia Medyana Bonaedy