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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Indonesia - Traditional Textile of Indonesia 2011 (#3)

MS without Overprint + Perforation
MS with Overprint + Perforation
MS with Overprint + Non Perforation

Technical Details:
Issued on 02 October 2011
Theme: Traditional Textile of Indonesia
Stamp Size: 41.06 x 25.31
Perforation: 12.75 x 13.50
Color: Separation & Invisible Ink
Paper: Tullis Russel
Gum: PVA
Printing Process: Offset
Printer: AMG Security Printing
Designer: De-Er

IDR 2500 - Songket Melayu, Riau
IDR 2500 - Songket Mentok, Bangka Belitung
IDR 2500 - Batik Mega Mendung, West Java
IDR 2500 - Tenun Sora Langi, West Sulawesi
IDR 2500 - Tenun Tolaki, South East Sulawesi
IDR 2500 - Tenun Tanimbar, Maluku
IDR 2500 - Batik Papua, Papua
IDR 2500 - Batik Papua Barat, West Papua

IDR 5000 - Tari Topeng, West Java (SS)

Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world with more than 17,500 large and small islands scattered along the 4800KM between Asia and Australia. Therefore, Indonesia has the largest diversity of art and culture compared to any part of this world. Every ethnic groups in Indonesia have its own characteristics in their traditional clothing which, of course, they are equipped with traditional unique cloth and being a wonderful cultural heritage.

Kain Tenun (woven cloth) are made with developed warp ikat technique and it is being a characteristics of population in Nusa Tenggarra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi regions and also in some areas in Sumatera; Kain Songket (Songket Cloth) has been growing in most areas in Sumatera, Kain Batik (Batik Cloth) has been attached to the identity of the Javanese; The sulam and embroidery art techniques are widely used in West Sumatera, that eventually spread to other parts of Indonesia, traditional cloth treasure is still thrive in Indonesia until the present day.

Indonesia traditional cloth has a high cultural value, especially from the point of aesthetics, symbolic meaning and has the philosophy that underlies its construction. The diversity and uniqueness of decorative woven cloth clearly reflected in the elemnets associated with the veneration of ancestors and the natural grandeur. Each region has distinctive features in the ornamental range associated with social-cultural function of the area. Within each family or religious rituals, a piece of woven fabric is almost always a very important part.

The history of Batik in Indonesia began to develop in the Sultanate of Mataram XVIII, then in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and Surakarta era. Batik initially made in the palace to meet the demand for the king and his family and his followers clothing. As many of the king's courtiers lived outside the palace, the art of Batik was brought by them out of the palace and they produced it in their own places. Then, batik that used to be wear only by the royal family, developed into a popular folk clothes. For the Javanese, a piece of batik is not just a piece of cloth for clothing, but it used in some level of life of the royal family members started from a baby was born until the moment they left this world, also in dance, drama, and fashion arts.

Compared to other traditional types of cloth, batik is the most widely received cultural influence from China especially in ornament pattern. Chinese style decorative patterns such as dragon, phoenix, gold kepeng, butterflies, bats, peony flowers, or a clump of bamboo liked the most. The ornament pattern are used mostly in the batik from the coastal area that are along the northern coast of Java island. Lots of Chinese descent who are involved in this industry and become a famous batik businessman.

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