The meaning of the Sekar Arum Sari Batik which is the uniform of the Indonesian Hajj Pilgrims Lifestyle – 2 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Minister of Religion (Menag RI), Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, officially launched the new batik uniform for the Indonesian Hajj Pilgrimage 1445 H or 2024, Tuesday (12/12/2023).

Quoting from the official statement from the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag), Yaqut chose the Sekar Arum Sari motif batik by Sony Adi Nugroho through the Indonesian Hajj Congregation Batik Design Competition which was held since last August.

Sekar Arum Sari is a contemporary batik motif with a purple base color that uses white jasmine, kawung, truntum, songket, weaving motifs and a white garuda image.


Photo: Batik Uniform of Indonesian Hajj Pilgrims. (Screenshot from Kemenag.go.id)
Indonesian Hajj Pilgrim Uniform Batik.  (Screenshot from Kemenag.go.id)Photo: Batik Uniform of Indonesian Hajj Pilgrims. (Screenshot from Kemenag.go.id)

These motifs are taken from the Indonesian national puspa philosophy which is depicted with jasmine flowers. White jasmine was chosen because it symbolizes purity, majesty, simplicity, sincerity, beauty and humility.

“Hajj pilgrims are not only spiritual, they are also ambassadors, it is appropriate that the clothes they wear are clothes that represent Indonesia,” said Yaqut, quoted on Wednesday (13/12/2023).

In his presentation, Yaqut said that batik is the identity of the Indonesian nation, not just fashion. Therefore, the party chose a batik motif that was considered to represent and become Indonesia’s identity.

“Batik is not just fashion, UNESCO has also designated it as an intangible heritage and characteristic of Indonesia. At the G20 forum, state leaders also used batik at gala dinners. Therefore, we should be proud to have batik,” explained Yaqut.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Hajj and Umrah Organizers, Hilman Latief, explained that this new batik will replace the previous batik which has been used since 2011.

“Previous batik has been used for more than 10 years and apparently does not fully represent Indonesian identity. Many do not yet recognize the Indonesian batik uniform. Therefore, we are holding a competition for new batik,” said Hilman.

Hilman said that the Ministry of Religion would involve a number of MSMEs to produce batik uniforms using this stamping method. He said that this involvement was a manifestation of the Ministry of Religion’s concern for MSMEs.

“It is estimated that each congregation needs 3 meters of cloth for one batik, so it is around 600 KM if it is spread out. This means that many MSMEs will be involved in making it, this is also a form of our concern for MSMEs,” said Hilman.

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