Sunday, October 9, 2011

History of Indonesian Batik

Batik is one of the cultural heritage in Indonesia. Officially, the government of Indonesia to register Batik as a list of cultural heritage on 30 September 2009 at UNESCO. In the past, the tradition of making batik is considered a royal tradition that can only be done in the palace and its products only for consumption among the kings, his family and his followers, who became one of the symbols of feudalism in Java.

Javanese feudalism characteristic seen in other types of batik which may only be used by relatives of the king and the nobles who really showed the difference with batik used by ordinary people or the masses.

With changing times, now batik, imitated by the people close to the royal family and subsequently expanded into most people's clothes are very popular with men or women. If the original batik is made only on the material with a white cloth made from "cotton mori". Today, batik has become a traditional Indonesian fabric applied to materials such as silk, polyester, rayon and other synthetic fabrics. In addition, ways of making batik is also changed, now there is also a stamp batik, printing batik, and screen printing batik.

The current development is when batik that have symbolically meaningful and valuable cultural wisdom, must compete with mass culture which is full of information and communication technology in globalization era. Our common task is to preserve remains one of the valuable cultural heritage of the ancestors, so that still exist in the modern era that is full of information and communication technology.

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