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Experience Wonderful Indonesia


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Here you will find 4 sections that will take you to have a more interactive experience of Wonderful Indonesia at home!

1. Batik

Batik is a way to create pattern on fabrics which originated in Java centuries ago by using wax to resist dye. The etymology comes from a Javanese word, “ambatik”, which means to dot or to write, because the patterns created consist of combination of lines/curves and dots. 

In celebration of Batik being recognized as one of UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2009, our embassy held a Batik Design Competition for American Designers, which creations of the winners are still exhibited in the Garuda Room of our embassy.

Watch this video interview with Dr. Maria Wronska-Friend, an anthropologist and Javanese Batik expert from Poland, as part of Batik Day Celebration in 2018, held in collaboration with the George Washington & Textile Museum–where you can view an authentic batik artwork in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Rumah Indonesia DC, a non-profit organization which has supported us in various Batik workshops, including for Embassy Adoption Program and previous Around The World Embassy Tour, we will now with you a simplified way to create Batik Kawung–possibly the oldest Batik pattern inspired by the Areca palm fruit–by using flour paste. 

picture credit: Rumah Indonesia DC

What you will need:
– All-purpose flour
– Water
– Ziploc bag or bowl and stirrer/whisk to create a smooth flour paste (it should be in pancake dough consistency)
– Small bottle with pointy tip to help drawing/tracing using the paste/dough
– Muslin cloth
– All-purpose, washable paints
– Paintbrush and palette to put/mix the paints
– Newspaper/used paper/plastic wrap for the workstation base
– Paper towel (in case of any spill and splash)

First, you will need to mix the flour and water to create a thick, smooth flour paste (looks like a thick pancake batter), and put it into the bottle with pointy tip. Then follow this guideline by Rumah Indonesia DC until the end. You may also create your own patterns/drawings. Be creative, be patient, and don’t forget to have fun!

Click here to learn more about the meaning behind different Batik patterns.

2. Recipes

Es Teler

How refreshing to have a cold, tropical, fruity dessert beverage on a hot day or for Ifthar after a full-day of fasting during Ramadan. The ingredients can be found in either grocery stores or Asian grocery stores. You can also order it from Waroeng Jaya or visit Indonesian & Asian Market in Derwood, MD.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) is listed as number 2 of the World’s Most Delicious Food according to CNN Travel readers’ votes in 2017, with Rendang from Minangkabau, West Sumatra, as number 1.  Nasi Goreng is one of Indonesian dishes that you can find throughout the archipelago, but one may taste differently from the other, depending on the local ingredients, spices, and traditions. 

Find more Indonesian recipes on Taste Wonderful Indonesia page

3. Let’s Speak Bahasa Indonesia

Click here to follow our Let’s Speak Bahasa Indonesia playlist on our Youtube Channel.

You can find some Bahasa Indonesia-English bilingual books on Amazon, such as these books by Indonesian diaspora author, and this book of Indonesian folktales

Click here to hear a bilingual SpeakIndo podcast to help you learn Bahasa Indonesia through true, inspirational stories; also available on Spotify, Apple, and Google podcast.

4. 360 Videos of Wonderful Indonesia

Bali 360 Virtual Reality Video

Jakarta 360 Virtual Reality Video

Click here to immerse in a virtual journey to Wonderful Indonesia through more 360 videos.