Friday, April 8, 2011, U.S. Ambassador to Dr. Dino Patti Djalal Batik Design Competition launched America (American Batik Design Competition). The purpose of this competition is to become global batik. Through this event Embassy in Washington DC also want to increase appreciation of batik in the United States and encourage cultural diversity acculturation batik in the United States with the theme “The Spirit of America In The Heritage of Batik”.
In order to promote batik, Embassy in Washington DC, along with the consulate in the United States (Chicago, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco) will hold a competition to encourage the designers in the U.S. in designing batik American-style “American style batik.” The launch of this activity is done by each RI Representatives in the U.S.. Launching in Washington DC held on April 8, 2011; and in New York is planned on April 20, 2011; San Francisco – 29 April; and Chicago – May 19, 2011.
The competition is nationwide the United States with a batik design categories that reflect the typical American. American Batik Design Competition may be followed by U.S. residents aged 16 years and over. The competition was open to the students, professionals, designers, and anyone who has an interest in textile design. This competition includes only design motif, and not including batik making process as a whole.
Deadline time limit to join the collection of batik design competition is August 1, 2011. The whole event lasted until November 2011. The announcement of the winners performed in San Francisco, November 2011, ahead of the APEC Summit in Honolulu. The jury will consist of a panel that came from experts and lovers of batik in Indonesia and the United States, fashion designers, and representatives of textile designers.
Of all the participants will be selected six winners. The three best winners receive prizes Batik Tour to Indonesia and prize money; three other winners get prize money alone. In addition, the winners will have the opportunity to exhibit his designs batik in Indonesia and the U.S..
Contact information for the American media further Batik Design Competition can be obtained through:
Information Section Embassy Washington DC
Attn. Heru H. Subolo
Since the year 2009, UNESCO officially been named batik as one of “World Cultural Heritage” (the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) from Indonesia. With the official recognition from the world body, it’s time we enter the next stage, namely “how to become global batik.” Thus confirmed by the Ambassador of Indonesia, Dr Dino Patti Djalal.
To answer these challenges, Ambassador further said that the major challenge faced was how to make other people fascinated with the grandeur of Indonesian batik culture, to come to study it and even helped develop it. “Batik is a creative culture of Indonesia for all ages that we need to spread and share the whole world, hoping to inspire other nations and cultures coloring. Batik Indonesia itself was in some ways is also influenced by other cultures such as China and India. With batik become global, we hope someday there will be Russian batik, African batik, batik Arabic, Chinese batik, batik Latin, and others. This is proof that Indonesia enjoyed glorious culture, appreciated and developed by the nations of the world. ”
Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal convinced that the 21st century is the century of multiculturalism, “We now are witnessing a variety of exchange currents and extraordinary intermingling – between civilizations, cultures, ideas, innovation. In the sea of this assimilation, a strong culture is a culture that can be globally . That’s why, batik Indonesia must also go international and in that process we also have to be ready to see batik increasingly adapt or mutate in other countries, as long as his spirit remains batik, and equipment from Indonesia. In this regard, the batik design competition as the United States is more than a reflection of Indonesian cultural charm but also a reflection of cultural self-confidence of the Indonesia, the world’s emerging power. ”
Batik is an important part of the cultural heritage of Indonesia. Indonesian Batik is famous throughout the world because it has a complicated pattern, delicate design and unique color. Batik Indonesia is considered loaded with technique and has become a symbol and a culture that is rooted in the life of society. Batik is more than just a fabric, each design has a symbolic meaning and play an important role in social and cultural rituals.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has set October 2 as the Day of National Batik Indonesia and encourage people to use batik. For that, we should promote batik as evidence of love and respect for national cultural heritage. Today was the use of batik has been increasingly popular in the country where in addition to use in the office on a particular day is also available with a variety of motifs and designs.
To buy batik in Pekalongan is the center then the right place to hunt for its accessories because of Pekalongan batik is batik warehouse ranging from batik, cap, until the batik printing with varying prices. Pekalongan located on the north coast of Java, about 100 km west of the city of Semarang. Pekalongan batik had been known as the city and where to shop for batik as well as Cirebon, Yogyakarta, and Solo. If you want to buy batik in Solo, try to go to Pasar Klewer is fulfilled by the seller of batik. You can get a batik half the price here than in the shops. Color and style batik here is very diverse and unique. So remember to stay focused on color and pattern you want.