The Newsletter 62 Winter 2012

Batik: Spectacular Textiles of Java

Natasha Reichle

In 2009 UNESCO named Indonesian batik a masterpiece of the ‘Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. This designation reflects UNESCO’s efforts to move beyond the protection of ancient monuments and encourage living artistic traditions that have been passed down for generations. UNESCO’s guidelines emphasize that promoting intangible cultural heritage is “an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization.”

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