Batik In The Movie

Posted on October 16th, 2010 at 2:25 am by Farah Fitriani


Batik is part of Indonesian culture that we should appreciate. It is now listed by the United Nations as the world heritage, making us even more proud of it. Speaking of which, there are a lot of Batik patterns in Indonesia. Batik Pekalongan is one of them. Well, I’m not giving you facts that you already knew. But I’m gonna inform you all about a movie that is being filmed right now. The story is focusing on Batik Pekalongan, and our country’s struggle to conserve Batik. Also, it will be shown internationally.

Interested? Check this out!

Jakarta. The city of Pekalongan, Central Java, takes its reputation as a renowned center for batik seriously, so much so that it has made learning how to make the cloth a compulsory requirement for students.

This move earned the town an award from Unesco in November 2009, the same time that Indonesian batik was officially included on Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Part of Pekalongan’s award requires that a documentary film about batik-making in schools be produced. The film, which rolled into production this week, will be shown by Unesco worldwide as a shining example of how a country makes an effort to preserve its cultural heritage.

It is written and directed by Gaura Mancacaritadipura, a cultural enthusiast and consultant for various government institutions, including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as well as the Pekalongan Batik Museum Institution.

“The movie is made to show how the municipal government of Pekalongan is committed to preserve batik-making culture by introducing it to the young generation. This will set a very good example for other countries,” Gaura said.

“Pekalongan is the only place in the world that includes cultural preservation into its school curriculum and the students love it. Many of them show high craftmanship and produce beautiful batik made with patience and love,” he added.

According to Gaura, the movie is scheduled to finish post-production at the end of the year.

Born in Melbourne 57 years ago, Gaura left Australia to take up permanent residence in Indonesia in 1978.


News Source: The Jakarta Globe

Photo Source: The Jakarta Globe

Thank you Mr. Ahmad Saiful Muhajir for the news tips!

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