Jakarta (Lampost.co) – The Director General of Culture of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Himar Farid, received information that Malaysia is currently registering Songket as a cultural heritage site with UNESCO. Indonesia’s neighbor is currently waiting for the outcome of its trial.
“We have information that Malaysia has currently proposed Songket as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the process is ongoing and awaiting results,” said Hilmar at the opening of the Virtual Songket Indonesia Exhibition on Monday, December 13, 2021.
It is for this reason that Indonesia has taken measures to hold a Songket exhibition to convey to the public that the history of the Indonesian Songket is very long and diverse. In order to maintain the Indonesian songket, the Directorate-General of Culture together with the Ministry of Education and Technology held a Virtual Songket Indonesia Connecting the Universe exhibition.
“I hope that with this exhibition we can give our audience in Indonesia insights and information about Songket,” said Hilmar Farid.
Kemendikbudristek hosted a Virtual Songket Indonesia Exhibition. This exhibition is held so that the public can learn about the various types of songkets owned by Indonesia and preserve Indonesia’s intangible cultural heritage.
“We have to know that this weaving tradition in Indonesia is very old, there are different forms and techniques. One of the most impressive techniques is Songket, “said Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture, speaking at the opening of the Virtual Songket Indonesia Exhibition on Monday, December 13, 2021.
Hilmar also said that Songket traditions can be found in different regions with different patterns. The gold and silver colors on the songket are influences from India and China.
“The gold and silver colors are influences from India and China, suggesting that this songket is also the product of an extraordinary cultural act,” he said.
Through the Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia has taken a number of measures to protect a number of songkets, so they have been designated as Indonesia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Hilmar said there are Sambas songkets composed in 2013, Pandai Sikek Songket (2014), Bali (2018) and finally Silungkang (2019).
The opening of the Virtual Songket Indonesia Exhibition will take place today, Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. WIB via. instead of Zoom, The exhibition opening is public so that the public can participate. The opening of the Virtual Songket Indonesia Exhibition can be viewed again via the account Youtube Indonesian National Museum.
For people who want to visit the Songket virtual exhibition, they can visit the page directly https://www.pameransongketindonesia.id/ to see the different songkets that Indonesia has.
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