ASIATODAY.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Batik lovers from 14 friendly countries participated in the Jogja Batik World event with the theme ‘Borderless Batik’ which was held as the peak event of the Jogja International Batik Biennale (JIBB) on 26 October 2023.
This event was held in a hybrid manner by the Yogyakarta Special Region Provincial Government and the National Crafts Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Siti Nugraha Mauludiah, underlined that Batik is a living art, local tradition and national pride that must be accompanied by a massive campaign from all components of Indonesian society to make batik better known and accepted by the world.
“Batik is a tool for carrying out soft power diplomacy which helps Indonesia to strengthen friendly relations with countries in the world,” he said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is committed to continuing to support the efforts of the city of Yogyakarta, as the World Batik City, in promoting Batik to various groups throughout the world.
Through the facilitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Batik lovers and observers from 10 ASEAN member countries, India, Japan, South Korea and China enthusiastically carried out batik practice live and simultaneously, using canting and wax on patterned cloth.
Jogja Batik World as the peak event of JIBB 2023 is the second time it has been held by the Yogyakarta Special Region Provincial Government and the National Crafts Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first World Batik Jogja was held in 2021. JIBB is a biennial activity held since 2016, after Yogyakarta was named the World Batik City by the World Crafts Council in 2014. (AT Network)
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