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Indonesian Embassy hosts traditional Batik textile exhibits at Sadu House
October 23, 2017, 4:36 pm

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuwait is holding a two-day exhibition of its traditional textile 'Batik' on 23-24 October at the Sadu House. The event, which is organized under the patronage of Sheikha Altaf Al Salem Al Ali Al Sabah, is one the projects under Kuwait Textile Arts Association.

The event was spearheaded by the Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Tatang Budie Razak as part of the country’s endeavor to promote tourism and cultural exchange with the Middle East. Among those who attended the event were members of the diplomatic community, foreign organizations and invited guests.

In her opening remarks, Sheikha Altaf mentioned a brief history of the Indonesian Batik and its strong social relevance in the global textile industry and national identity among the ASEAN countries. The Indonesian Ambassador added that Batik is an art and craft popular in the West as a creative media.

He also highlighted that each island from 17,000 situated in Indonesia is represented with designs that depict the tradition and culture of the place. “In 2009, UNESCO officially inscribed Indonesian Batik as a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity and is celebrated globally by Indonesians as National Batik Day,” commented the Indonesian Envoy.

Batik in the past played a role in the societal structure among ethnic groups such as certain designs can only be worn by the members of the royal family, determine their ranks and on ceremonies. “Today batik is worn on a daily basis among the Indonesians and they come in different styles and designs, but bearing its intricate form and colors that can be easily identified with the country,” commented the Indonesian Envoy Razak.

The ceremonial ribbon was cut to officially open the event, and a memento was presented to Sheikha Altaf by the Indonesian Ambassador. The exhibition showcased jewelries, textiles, clothes and bags and shoes all adorned with Batik print, before a fashion show commenced.  This was followed by a workshop that detailed the processes of batik design. A generous buffet of traditional cakes and delicacies was open to guests.

“I thank Sheikha Altaf for this wonderful opportunity to showcase our textile and some of our fashion products and be able to establish a good exchange of cultures between Kuwait and Indonesia,” stated Indonesian Ambassador Razak.

By Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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