To bond by way of ‘fabric’ is common in many cultures. In the west, children bond together when wearing matching school uniforms, as do soldiers in their green and brown army fatigues and bankers wearing navy pin-striped suits. But not all cultures have a ‘fabric’ tradition as pervasive as the Indonesian batik textile, which UNESCO has identified as an intangible heritage vulnerable to globalisation. The Indonesian batik stitches together a life from birth until death. Indonesian babi...
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