Admittedly Batik Indonesia as the world cultural object by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO), makes areas producing batik to have their spirit. Batik Jakarta or Betawi Batik makers are also fighting back to promote batik Betawi.
Head of the Textile Museum, Indra Riawan, admitted reduced batik in Jakarta due to various constraints. One was the disappearance of Batik Betawi which produced a wide range of unique shades. Besides, the makers of Jakarta batik were forced to sell their land because of economic necessity. Then to buy back land is not able to because it is very expensive.
“By seeing this, we try to hold various promotional activities and seminars about Batik Betawi in Jakarta. At the same time introducing that Jakarta has batik like other areas in Java,” said Indra Riawan at the launch event of Antique Batik Nusantara Collection of Amalia Emma Agus Bisrie at Textile Museum, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/15).
Indra explained, since 2009 until now, Textile Museum continues to hold seminars and exhibitions Batik Betawi. This event is always attended by Betawi figures and common community. It turns out the spirit of one of Betawi figures, Ridwan Saidi to move batik makers in Jakarta. And now, there are 24 new Betawi batik motives created by Saidi. At present, the batik is just waiting for the ratification and determination of Governor Fauzi Bowo.
“This cannot be determined because the governor is still awaiting the extent to which appreciation of the community,” he said. In the mean time, the number of Betawi batik motives will increase because there are other batik makers who have started to make new batik patterns. One of the patterns is ondel-ondel Betawi.
Batik collector and author of Antique Batik Nusantara, Emma Amalia Agus Bisrie, said that Batik Betawi in Jakarta has been known since ancient. Batik areas in Jakarta were in Karet Tengsin, Palmerah, Kebon Kacang, Manggarai, and Bendungan Hilir. Batik is a result of merchandise as one determinant of economic movement in the city.
“Batik Tulis which has been made homemade is no different with batik making in Java. Even in Jakarta, Indonesian Batik Cooperatives ever established,” said Emma.
Unfortunately, year after year, Batik Betawi production was dwindling due to increasing land value in Jakarta. It is more profitable to build office buildings and shopping centers. So batik industry in the city tends to sink.
Emma got information from the famous batik maker, Eka Jaya in Karet Tengsin who has not been allowed to make Batik Tulis. The reason was because of environmental factor. Finally batik Eka Jaya had moved into the buffer zone of Tangerang.
The same thing happened to Mrs. Sud’s batik because of the limitation of batik development as well as Berdikari batik maker in Palmerah.
According to this condition, Ridwan Saidi made a range of Betawi batik style in Pulogadung, East Jakarta. Dozens of new pattern are created such as shades of flora and fauna, fruits which are produced in Jakarta such as kecapi and durian, as well as animals such as birds Hong, Phunix, Bondol or bird Ulung-ulung as the city`s mascot.
In addition, Emma made the book a collection of antique batik that has been collected for 40 years. Of all 400 antique batik collections, she put 100 antique batik fabrics on her 328 pages of book. Batik fabrics came from Betawi Batik, Pekalongan, Yogyakarta, Solo, Madura, Pacitan and Cirebon.
Antik Batik Nusantara book will be printed as many as 500 copies, and will be distributed free of charge to museums under the coordination of Jakarta Dept. of Culture and Tourism. As for batik lovers who want to have the book, they can buy it in bookstores at a price of about Rp 350 thousand per copy.
(http://www.beritajakarta.com 18 September 2012)
Jakarta (Berita) : Textile and Garment Producers Associations in the ASEAM region agreed on a supply change in order to survice in view of declining demands for the products in the current global financial crisis. “Textile businesses attached to association in their country have held a meeting last week to discuss the current situaiton. We all agree on a supply change program,” secretary general of Indonesian Textile Association (API) E G Ismy said here Thursday. He said that the textile industry in each ASEAN country has its own strength. Malaysia, for example, was strong in garment and fabric industries. Meanwhile, she said, Singapore was excellent in logistics and Indonesia in garments, fabrics, thread, and raw materials. However, she said, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Cambodia were not very strong in the fabrics sector though the three were excellent in garment production. Whereas, the European Union’s demand for fabrics in those countries were having a 40% increase. In order to solve the problem, she said, ASEAN entrepreneurs agreed to support each other’s businesses by resorting to the supply change program. Countries superior in fabrics such as Indonesia and Malaysia would send their supplies to Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia to fulfill the European Union’s demands in those countries. “Countries preminent in raw materials such as Thailand with its polyester production, will send its supplies to countries in need of the commodity,” she said. (ant)
(http://beritasore.com 19 July 2009)
BANDUNG, itb.ac.id – Program Studi Desain Tekstil Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain (FSRD) ITB bekerja sama dengan Costume Culture Association (CCA) dari Korea dan Organisasi Tekstil Internasional Ars Textrina dari University of Leeds Inggris menyelenggarakan seminar dalam acara “International Textiles and Costume Congress 2011” yang diadakan satu tahun sekali. Seminar yang bertemakan “Heritage Textiles and Costume” ini diadakan pada Selasa (25/10/11) di Campus Center Timur ITB.
Dalam seminar internasional ini, diundang para ahli dari berbagai ilmu tekstil dalam maupun luar negeri. Hadir dalam acara tersebut antara lain Dr. Jana Hawley (US), Prof. Michael Hann M.Phil Ph.D (UK), E. Nicholson (UK), Mr. Nam-Sil Yoo (Korea), Dra. Ratna Panggabean, M.Sn (Indonesia), Dr. Junchi Inoguchi, Dr. Wonhoo Kim, Dr. Takuya Urakami, Dr. Kazutaka komiya (Japan), dan Kim J. Saunders MA (Singapura). Seminar ini membahas multi-disiplin ilmu tentang bahan-bahan alami yang dikaitkan dengan ilmu desain, produksi dan marketing.
Hasil-hasil penelitian di bidang tekstil yang dipresentasikan terkait dengan hal bahan dasar, proses pewarnaan, proses pembuatan, aplikasi, teknik tradisional maupun modern, serta perkembangan kostum dan fashion saat ini. Tekstil Warisan dan Kostum “The Heritage Textiles and Costume” merupakan frase yang digunakan untuk merujuk pada bentuk tekstil dan pakaian dianggap sebagai “tradisional” dalam semua masyarakat di seluruh dunia. Sebagian besar barang-barangnya merupakan hand-made, meskipun ada beberapa barang-barangnya berasal dari industri.
Ada dua konteks dalam pembahasan pakaian tradisional ini, yaitu konteks historis dan modern. Peran budaya, komersial, dan promosi merupakan aspek-aspek yang tercakup di dalamnya. Keberlanjutannya di zaman modern seperti pembuatan dan pemasaran juga menjadi salah satu perhatian besar para peneliti. “Seminar ini diharapkan dapat mendorong semangat pelaku dan peneliti dari semua kalangan untuk menghasilkan kualitas karya tulis maupun tekstil dan kostum yang tidak terkekang jaman. Selain itu juga semoga seminar ini dapat menjadi sarana untuk saling menukar pengetahuan dan perkembangan terbaru, dan hasil penelitian terkini di bidang tekstil,” ujar Prof. Dr. Biranul Anas Zaman yang merupakan Dosen FSRD ITB. Kegiatan kongres sendiri, selain menggelar seminar juga dilangsungkan pameran yang menampilkan karya-karya praktisi tekstil di bidang fashion dari Indonesia dan Korea.
(http://www.itb.ac.id 18 May 2006)