Style present, cultural workshop spotlight Batik Day in Taipei

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Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Colourful and stylish batik costumes have been on present in downtown Taipei Sunday because the Indonesian group in Taiwan celebrated Nationwide Batik Day, an annual pageant honoring the normal wax-resist dyeing approach from Indonesia.

The Batik & Ecoprint Pageant 2022, organized by the Indonesia Diaspora Community (IDN) in Taiwan and held on the Nationwide Taiwan Museum’s Nanmen Park department, featured a collection of Indonesian cultural actions, together with conventional classical dance and music, gross sales of Indonesian meals and merchandise, batik portray, and a trend present.

The style present featured 35 folks, primarily Indonesian migrant staff, who wore conventional Indonesian costumes and apparel constructed from fantastically dyed batiks and eco-printing.

CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

Eco-printing refers to a way of coloring and printing by utilizing pure flowers and leaves, leaving their mark or patterns on varied media.

Kartika Dewi, from IDN Taiwan, informed CNA that the annual batik-themed pageant is meant to boost consciousness of the custom on Indonesia’s Nationwide Batik Day on Oct. 2.

The day marks the anniversary of the addition of batik tradition to UNESCO’s Consultant Record of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

Kartika Dewi (left) and Filipino artist Mario Subeldia. CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

Javanese classical dancers carry out the Gatotkaca Pergiwa dance. CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

Since 2017, IDN has been organizing the pageant with a special fabric-making approach featured yearly to enhance batik, and this 12 months it selected eco-print to focus on the significance of environmental issues, Kartika mentioned.

“Due to international warming, it’s time for us to care about our Earth. By utilizing eco-printing, all the substances are pure as it’s from our leaves and woods. We do not use chemical substances,” Kartika mentioned.

Talking on the importance of the pageant, Kartika mentioned batik was not solely a product but in addition a lifestyle.

CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

CNA picture Oct. 3, 2022

“There are such a lot of philosophies concerning the batik as a result of each stroke has a special that means, so that’s the reason batik is essential for us,” Kartika mentioned.

On the identical day at a separate occasion, a bimonthly Indonesian cultural workshop close to Taipei Primary Station, Indonesian Mira Luxita launched batik to her class of round 40 worldwide members, together with Taiwanese, South Koreans, Vietnamese, Individuals, and Europeans.

IETO commerce analyst Muhammad Fuad Hamzah (left) shares a tumpeng with worldwide company on the workshop. Photograph courtesy of IndosuarA

The occasion, co-organized by IndosuarA and the Indonesia Financial and Commerce Workplace to advertise Indonesian tradition, additionally noticed members discover ways to rely and say easy phrases in Indonesian earlier than collaborating in conventional video games.

Mira, who has been dwelling in Taiwan for the previous 11 years, informed CNA that it was her obligation as an Indonesian to advertise and protect the traditions and tradition of Indonesia, particularly batik.

Mira’s remarks got here at a time when Indonesian Girls’s Empowerment and Youngster Safety Minister Bintang Puspayoga has known as on the general public to protect batik by sporting batik clothes, based on Indonesian nationwide information company Antara.

“We ought to be proud and proceed to take care of the preservation (of batik), considered one of which is by sporting batik on varied events, so batik will be preserved,” she was cited as saying in an Antara report on Sunday.

(By William Yen) Enditem/HY