All DAHANA employees were wearing batik during work in commemoration of National Batik Day which fell on October 2, 2023. DAHANA’s SM Legal and Corporate Communications Juli Jajuli said that this activity is part of the company’s annual culture to preserve Indonesia’s wealth.
Mr Jajuli continued the batiks that DAHANA employees were wearing came in a diverse colours and pieces, reflecting the diversity that exists in the company. According to Mr Jajuli, batik is not only a rich fabric with beautiful patterns and colors, but also carries a deep message for everyone who sees and wears it.
“We should be proud and happy to wear batik, because it has been designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. “But more than that, batik holds noble values that can inspire us in living our lives, such as the diversity of Indonesian batik which carries the value of unity in diversity,” said Mr Jajuli.
Mr Jajuli added that as SOEs people who adhere to the core values of AKHLAK, we are reminded by the importance of collaboration and innovation without losing our identity, like batik which becomes beautiful because of its collaboration of the diversity of motifs and colours.
Batik is a traditional art of cloth making that involves certain dyeing techniques. This technique involves the use of wax to cover certain parts of the fabric so that the dye only sticks to areas not covered by the wax. The process of making batik involves several steps, including creation of designs, application of wax, staining, and removal the wax to reveal the desired pattern.
In its development, batik is becoming more diverse day by day, from motifs, colours, to manufacturing techniques following developments in time and technology. In general, batik is divided into two, namely traditional dying which is made by craftsmen by means of typical techniques representing their respective regions, and modern batik which is printed with the help of cloth printing machine with various patterns that mark the ever changing times.
“We saw that the employees also enjoy wearing batik today, some were wearing regional batiks with distinctive patterns, and some other were wearing modern batiks. This indicates the diversity that exists in the company. “Hopefully, through this batik day commemoration, we can continue to pass on Indonesia’s wealthy culture to future generations,” concluded Mr Jajuli.