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Young Generation in Preserving Batik

The role of young generation in preserving batik is very important. Way that we can do to celebrated national batik to use batik, as a form of appreciating Indonesian batik culture.

Did you know the influence of national batik day celebration?

With the celebration of batik, it can have an impact on the global community.

As we know, Indonesia is rich in cultural diversity, especially batik cloth. Basically batik as a popular Indonesian cultural identity.

The increase of batik industry changes people’s lifestyles in dressing dynamically, so that craftsmen follow the flow of fashion developments. Which is batik can also prosper the batik craftsmen both nationally and globally

Batik has become a new innovation in modern way.

“The increasingly varied batik motifs have awakened a number of Indonesian designers to develop modern batik” -Tina Andrean

The Short History of Batik

Historically, the traditional process of making batik is not easy through various steps.

The types and philosophies of batik from various regions provide uniqueness and so meaningful that poured into traditional batik.

So that the art on cloth made traditionally has a high and universal value. So only certain circles can use batik cloth.

However in this era batik can be used by all people regardless of the social status, makes batik a part of popular culture.

But people are basically using Batik that identically used at formal events.

Meanwhile, how can we use batik continuously?

The stigma of our society towards using of batik could be change through the trend of wrapped cloth by young people which has become the new fashion trend of 2020 until now.

Overtime, batik cloth has developed to be more modern, especially in the digital era, making it easier to introduce modern batik culture which is now a fashion trend. One of them is in introducing batik wrapped cloth through the hashtag Berkain Bersama.

This movement based on the anxiety of young people against the use of batik that had faded, began to get used to using batik cloth to invite all groups to preserve batik culture. Through #BerkainBersama, you can find enthusiasm of young people to use batik wrapped cloth.

We can see that this movement invites and gets a positive response from all circles who can encourage the use of batik again. The Berkain Bersama movement aims to realize and succeed in normalizing the use of batik in everyday life.

The technique of tying and wrapping the fabric becomes an artistic value in the use of batik.

These movement that changes traditional fabrics that flexible to used, so that it can encourage young people to use batik as daily clothing. Activities that can have a positive influence. Especially young people who take part in using batik cloth which can have a positive influence on other young people. The high use of batik wrapped cloth has become a new habit in dressing.

The more difficult the process of making batik, the higher the value of batik. So that as Indonesian cultural heritage, it is certainly important for us the younger generation to maintain and preserve it.

How to preserve batik?

Historically, batik has a deep meaning, therefore, it is important for young people to know the history of batik making. Love for our homeland begins with small steps by starting to get used to using batik cloth as a form of support for Indonesian culture. By using batik, we take part in preserving culture.

As we can see, the use of batik is very dynamic at times. As Indonesian citizens should be proud and loved of the richness of Indonesian culture. So that batik can be sustainable and passed down to the next generation. Therefore, we as the younger generation take part in preserving batik culture

Happy World National Batik Days, Let’s #BerkainBersama!

The Trend of Using “Batik” Among Young People

Written by Mikhael Sianturi, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

For a certain period of time, Batik was a trending fashion choice among the youngsters. Initiated by some videos on TikTok with the hashtag #batikoutfitchallenge, many people blend Batik onto their modern choice of attire. Apparently, the trend attracted a lot of attention, especially in younger generations.

So. What is this trend, exactly? Why is it trending? And how is this treasuring one of our country’s great icons despite the criticism?

The Answers

The trend is very self-explanatory from its hashtag, #batikoutfitchallenge. It is a challenge to blend in a Batik with the person’s casual outfit. The most common combination is a black tee on the upper  half and a Batik on the bottom one circling the wearer’s waist. On a male, the Batik usually covers the person’s thighs. Meanwhile, on a female, the Batik usually reaches the shinbone, almost like a skirt. However, these two are just two examples of more variations out there. 

However, like any other trend, there are always two sides: the pros and the cons. The pros exist mostly in the original place where the trend was born, TikTok, who really supported the idea of blending Batik in their casual attire. The cons arose on Facebook where people criticized the trend for its false method in wearing the Batik.

A lot of Tiktok users supported the idea. Many people view the trend as cool and inspiring. Hence, they also feel the need to do the challenge and show off their take to bring Batik touches to their choice of outfit. 

However, a pro will never complete without a con. Many people criticized the trend for several reasons. Two common ones are the ‘wrong’ method of putting on the Batik and promoting local values being seen as a disguise to simply gain exposure. Quite often, the criticizers used offensive words in their ‘critiques’. Of course, this only added more popularity to the trend, though it is not the best way to do it.

The Silver Lining

However, for the sake of positivity, let us squeeze every ounce of it from this trend. Batik is and has always been a great icon in this country, so great that wearing one would be regarded as a very formal choice of fashion. You can see them in weddings, conferences, and other formal events. Extending that area to a non formal territory would surely be beneficial for the promotion of Batik itself because people do not attend formal events every day. Some people criticize how Batik and modern casual outfits do not go well together. However, since people do not wear them to attend formal events, to blend them with every day modern outfit is inevitable. 

Another ounce of positivity we can extract from here is the fact that the trend exists among younger generations. They have always been the one regarded as the hardest to carry on the country’s great icon. But here they are, wearing them proudly on more frequent daily occasions. 

Of course, a result from this is the promotion of Batik itself. Promoting Batik will not only draw interest and appreciation from foreign people, it will ensure a longer life to itself. As proud Indonesians, we cannot really say no to this, right?