Thursday, September 24, 2009

It’s official: Batik is an Indonesian cultural gem

Hotels in Bali are preparing to join nationwide celebrations across Indonesia on October 2, following the United Nations’ decision to recognise Indonesian batik as one of the world’s most important cultural traditions.

At Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, staff will support the appeal from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for all citizens to wear batik to commemorate the news that it would be added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Ayana’s sales and marketing director Haryadi Satriono said all 950 employees intended to take part in the celebrations and don their finest batik.

“Our uniforms already feature a signature batik print, but we are encouraging our staff to wear their own batik garments to celebrate this occasion,” said Haryadi.

“It’s not every day that a centuries-old tradition is recognised by the United Nations, so it is something we want the world to know about.”

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