To preserve and inherit the original Indonesian cultures, Ministry of Culture and Tourism together with City Dept. of Tourism and Culture establishes a Batik gallery in the Textile Museum Jakarta at Jl KS Tubun No 2, Petamburan, Palmerah, West Jakarta. It is hoped the gallery will stimulate nationalism and love to batik as the legacy of Indonesian culture to the world.
The minister Jero Wacik stated that Batik has become an identity of the Indonesians which has a long history. In the old time, Batik was used by certain people. But now it is used by many people in Indonesia and even overseas.
The gallery establishment is to follow up the decision by UNESCO on 2 October 2009 that Indonesian Batik is a legacy to the world. “This gallery is established to commemorate National Batik Day,” said Jero Wacik.
He hoped, not only Batik will be admitted by UNESCO as Indonesian culture but other Indonesian cultures have also been proposed to be admitted by UNESCO as Indonesian culture.
Head of the dept., Arie Budiman, stated that to preserve Batik, the dept. has done many efforts such as cooperation with batik artists, industries, associations, government institutions, education institutions and NGOs. The dept. would prepare the facilities and infrastructures to support Batik preservation, protection, development and promotion.
Batik Gallery inside the Textile Museum can stimulate people nationalism. “It is hoped that people will love their original cultures. Batik is hoped to become national medium to unite the Indonesians,” he said.
Indonesian Batik Gallery has 405 square meters wide consisting of 9 rooms: lobby, grand entrance gate, display rooms 1 to 6, batik and classic batik history, Batik tools, and multimedia. The gallery opens every day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. except Monday and holiday.