The United Nation Agency in the field of education and culture, UNESCO, had appointed Batik as one of Human Inheritance for oral and non-material culture since October 2, 2009. But ironically, there are still a lot of Batik artisans especially in Yogyakarta, still didn’t get the remuneration over their creations that has been made. Many people know Batik word heritage but they still not get much touch cause of this issue.
Batik Word Heritage
“We get paid weekly per fabric, a week cost for Rp200.000,-“said one of Batik artisans that would not like to mention his/her name.They said that those wage is just barely enough for daily needs only. While, to make one Batik Tulis with size 2.5 meters, the Batik artisans take around 3 weeks up to 1 month to produce a high quality Batik. “Initially, the fabric is painted, and the canting process (painting with candle), then the fabric should be boiled to add the color. Those kinds of processes that takes quite long time” said them.
Those Batik artisans said that someday they listened to press conference of local government on radio airing. The government said Batik is a world heritage so that the artisans also must be appreciated. The government had proposed that the artsisans at least should get the UMR salary. But for Batik artisans that thing is just a hope. The entry of batik as a world heritage by UNESCO is expected to motivate and raise the dignity of batik artisans. Not only that, it is also expected to support efforts to improve the welfare of society.