Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb.
Jogja World Batik City, a prestigious honor and achievement that has been obtained by the Special Region of Yogyakarta from the World Crafts Council (WCC) – Asia Pacific Region, an international institution affiliated with UNESCO that focuses on increasing appreciation of various activities and issues of the Handicraft Community around the world. Yogyakarta has various privileges that have been acknowledged by people, both domestic and international.
As a city that has cultural histories with a noble value that remains sustainable until now, and I think it is comparable if aligned with other historical cities around the world. It was proven during the awarding of Yogyakarta as the World Batik City, Dongyang – China as the World City of Wood Carving and Donique Town – Chile as the World City of Chamantos.
Jogja International Batik Biennale 2018 which will be held on 2-6 October 2018 in Yogyakarta is one form of our joint responsibility as the predicate of Yogyakarta World Batik City. An international event that will be attended by participants from around the world who hold various discussions, fashion shows, exhibitions, carnivals and art visits about Batik in particular and craft art in general. This event is expected to open the eyes of the world that Indonesia has the potential of culture, art, and economics as well as the level of education equivalent to other developed countries.
With Yogyakarta as the representation of World Batik City, then all of Batik Indonesia will get the benefit because Yogyakarta is considered as the eldest child who has opened the door for Indonesian Batik craft in the eyes of the world.
I am as the Chairman of the National Craft Council of Yogyakarta Special Region, appealed to all stakeholders to give full support to the organization and implementation of Jogja International Batik Biennale 2018.
Wassalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
The Chairman of National Craft Council of Special Region of Yogyakarta
Her Royal Highness Queen Hemas