JOGJAKARTA  INTERNATIONAL BATIK BIENNALE ( THE PAINTING OF BATIK)

Photo: Madam Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi, Spouse of His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi

9 November 2021

On Saturday, Nov 6, the Embassy of Indonesia in Pretoria hosted ”  Jogjakarta  International Batik Biennale, (the Painting of Batik) at the Residence of His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho & ESwatini.

Jogjakarta International Batik Biennale 2021 Theme of the event “Borderless Batik”  (Jogjakarta International Batik Biennale) was a live hybrid event with the participation of 23 countries around the globe and many dignitaries from around the globe participated virtually.

In South Africa, Madame Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi, Spouse of His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi and together with some of the Ambassador’s spouses attended the event.

Photo: left to right Madam Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi, Spouse of His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi and
Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela,  the daughter of Prince Thumbuzani of Swaziland and Princess Zenani Mandela, Ambassador of South Africa to South Korea also attended the Jogjakarta International Batik Biennial.

Their Excellencies Ambassador U Myint Swe of Myanmar, Ambassador Hoang Van Loi of Vietnam, High Commissioner Zainal Arif Mantaha of Singapore, Ambassador Kanat Tumysh of Kazakhstan and Paisit Boonparlit, Chargé d’affaires of Thailand also attended the event.

Madame Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi, Spouse of His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi had the opportunity to teach the Spouses of Ambassadors and Princess Dlamini-Mandela the traditional Batik Painting techniques at
Jogjakarta  International Batik Biennale, (the Painting of Batik) event.

Photo: left to right Madame Umi Mahmudah Al Farisi,
Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela and His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi

Photo: Some of the Ambassador’s spouses & guests that attended the event

Photo: Photo: Some of the Ambassador’s spouses & guests that attended the event with their painted Batik

Batik has a personal attachment to most South Africans since Nelson Mandela always wore Batik shirt. Batik shirt gained popularity among South Africans as Madiba Shirt. This has also made Batik famous throughout the world

Batik is considered a cultural icon in modern Indonesia,  in 1990, a few months after Mandela’s was released from Robben Island. Indonesia was one of the countries he visited as President of Africa National Congress (ANC). In October 1990, Soeharto handed over “Silk Batik Shirt” as a gift to Mandela right after his arrival at Presidential chateau, in Jakarta.

Since then, Mandela never looked back to any other fashion designs. As we could see Mandela was in batik most of the time which suited him really well, appearance and historical backgrounds, “Freedom and Passion” reflecting a strong relationship between the two great leaders.

In 1994, two weeks after Mandela was elected as President of South Africa, he choose Batik during presidential rehearsal ceremony designed by Desre Buirski.

Batik shirt became Nelson Mandela’s Signature Style.

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