Heeding Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri’s call to promote batik, children’s art centre, 7th Tone Creative, has a booth at the Malaysia Open at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, where the public can create their own batik designs for free.
Designers Nurazrina Mohamed Azni and David Surendren incorporate Malaysian batik and songket into sports equipment, creating standout works of art.
Several lawmakers turn up in Dewan Rakyat with their vibrant batik outfits, in a triumph for artisans and the industry.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the decision to allow MPs to wear Malaysian batik in Parliament would get the ball rolling for more batik-related initiatives.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun is expected to announce today that Malaysian batik will be allowed in Parliament, starting this Thursday.
After meeting Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri yesterday, it’s now up to Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to allow MPs to wear batik in the Dewan Rakyat.
Just before the pandemic hit Malaysia, there was this batik craze, with more youngsters donning short-sleeved batik shirts. While they were mostly Indonesian batik, it showed that the youths appreciated the art form and perhaps needed just a bit of education to ensure that they fell in love with the local version instead.