Indonesia is rich in diversity, in natural resources and also in culture. This archipelagic nation is compiled of thousands of different tribe and languages, and subsequently also the cultural material manifestation. However, despite all of those differences, many parts of Indonesia has traditional cloth, some are delicately stained into a distinctive pattern; Batik.
The common misconception is that batik belongs to Java. That couldn’t be more wrong as many other tribes outside Java have their own version of Batik. Gelar Batik Nusantara is held to, mainly, celebrate those differences while also promoting Batik to the domestic and international market. Here is what you need to know about Gelar Batik Nusantara 2019.
Gelar Batik Nusantara (GBN) is an event held by Yayasan Batik Indonesia to promote batik as original Indonesian culture. This exhibition was first held in 1996, and 2019 marks its 11th edition of the event.
Where and when
GBN will be held from May 8th to 12th 2019 in Plenary, Main Lobby, and Assembly Hall of Jakarta Convention Center. The daily exhibition normally starts at 10.00 to 21.00 WIB (Western Indonesia Time). There will be lots of batik fashion shows, music performances, talk show, and book discussion.
This year’s edition brings out the theme of ‘Lestari Tak Berbatas’ (Unlimitedly Sustainable). The theme will be reflected in the many talk show held in this exhibition. There will be talks about how to take care of your batik cloths, batik’s relevancy in today’s generation, and a workshop about the many types of batik.
What you can do as a visitor
You can definitely learn a lot about batik in this exhibition. You can also see that there are many kinds of batik from different parts of the country. Most of the attendants will also gladly help and explain to you about their batik. If you really want to dig deep, you can attend the talk shows during Gelar Batik Nusantara 2019. At the end of the day, you can always buy some fine batik cloths crafted with love from the traditional artisans.
Gelar Batik Nusantara 2019 is a great opportunity for you to learn about batik. There are also fun activities like actually learning to make batik and music shows. Go and see the wealth of Indonesia through its batik in this exhibition.