The Solo Batik Carnival centres around the batik fashion parade but the city turns up for the party as much as it does for the detailed costumes.
When you visit the Solo Batik Carnival, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're at a fashion week, as the Jalan Slamet Riyadi Solo Road practically becomes a three kilometre catwalk with hundreds of beaming models showcasing their hand made batik outfits to traditional music. And as Indonesian batik cloth is renowned globally, you can expect an elaborate festival which is a flood of colour and movement.
Batik is a manual dyeing technique that uses wax to colour the desired section of cloth. It has been incorporated into many cultures and countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as various destinations in Africa. The Solo district's proficiency in producing this cloth and its historical implications was recognised by UNESCO in 2009.
Motifs traditionally reveal a person's royal lineage, and dark brown, white and indigo are often chosen because of their connotation to the three major Hindu Gods. Colours at this annual celebration are much more varied in order to satisfy the themes like Earth, Air, Fire and Water and Gamelan (traditional Javanese orchestra).
The parade commences in the mid morning but get down to Jalan Slamet Riyadi early to get a good spot and pick up breakfast from one of the many hawkers in the area. Photographic opportunities teem when the models start their walk through the city. Expect a cool combo of fashion, art and music... cameras at the ready.
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