The governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, inaugurated the use of clothing made from endek cloth or traditional woven fabrics typical of the province every Tuesday. The decision was taken to protect and preserve endek weaving as a creative cultural heritage of the people of the Island of the Gods.
“By saying ‘ Om Awighnam astu namo sidham ‘, today Tuesday, Anggara Kliwon Kulantir February 23, 2021, I declare officially starting the use of clothes or clothing made from Balinese endek / traditional Balinese woven fabrics on every Tuesday,” said Koster at the inauguration ceremony for the use of endek woven clothing on Tuesday (23/2).
Koster also included this policy in the Governor of Bali Circular Letter Number 04 of 2021 concerning the Use of Balinese Endek Woven Fabrics / Balinese Traditional Woven Fabrics.
The use of Balinese endek weaving every Tuesday must be carried out by employees of vertical agencies, regents/mayors throughout Bali, government employees, banking employees, BUMN employees, banking circles to the ranks of educational institutions.
“The Balinese endek woven cloth is a creative cultural heritage of the Balinese people that must be protected, preserved, used, and empowered, which becomes the identity of the Balinese people with character and integrity following the vision of Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali through the Plan of Universal Development Plan towards a New Era of Bali,” he said.
Moreover, Balinese endek woven fabrics have been registered as Communal Intellectual Property for Traditional Cultural Expressions at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. The Bali provincial government has also collaborated with the Christian Dior fashion house regarding the use of endek.
According to Koster, recently there have been patterned cloth products such as endek which are not Balinese handicrafts and are not based on the local Balinese creative culture. He considered that this could threaten the endek woven fabric.
“Endek craftsmen need to be economically empowered to be able to improve the welfare of our people in Bali. For this reason, the government and Balinese people must take sides and be committed to local resources by taking an active role in preserving, protecting, and empowering Balinese endek fabrics,” said the PDIP politician.
Regarding the use of Balinese endek cloth every Tuesday, Koster emphasized that it must be a local Balinese product, not necessarily uniform with a certain color or motif because endek is not a mass product.
photo by BETWEEN PHOTOS / Nyoman Hendra Wibowo