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Batik Laweyan, The Ancestors’ Culture that Gets More Sustainable by Using Palm Oil

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Batik Laweyan, The Ancestors’ Culture that Gets More Sustainable by Using Palm Oil

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - When many demand environmental products and the people’s awareness about sustainability increases, Batik Laweyan, a famous batik community in Solo, Central Java Province has done innovative things by using malam made of palm oil, as the alternative to make more environment batik (products).

As the response about the environmental impacts from traditional materials in batik industries, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Indonesia has done innovative things by introducing sustainable batik malam in palm oil – base.

Deputy Director of Market Transformation, RSPO Indonesia, Mahatma Windrawan Inantha said that traditional materials to make batik were from petro-chemical in crude oil – base which was thought as non-environmental.

The initiative of RSPO is about to promote sustainable palm oil use as more environmental alternative materials and to substitute petrochemical – base materials. He is optimist that batik would be sustainable product from sustainable palm oil that the countries whole over the world would accept.

Of course, this would encourage batik (industries), besides as ancestors’ heritage, to highly lift up environmental aspects. In addition, the people’s awareness about sustainability would be the main focus.

Malam in palm oil – base is hoped to minimize the environmental impacts from batik industries, to deliver support for smallholders that implement sustainable palm oil practices.

“We hope that through the initiative, batik would become one sustainable and mainstay product, not only to maintain art tradition, but also support sustainable agriculture and environment,” Windrawan recently said to InfoSAWIT.

As the positive thing heading to sustainability, RSPO has the potential to deliver new chances for batik industries to qualify market demands that get more awareness on environment. By using malam in palm oil – base, batik would remain its beauty and represent sustainable art products.

Meanwhile, the representation of Batik Laweyan Community, Trian Widiananto said that so far, using malam in producing batik is limited still but the community keeps marketing (their products) to other countries by using traditional materials.

Trian also mentioned lilin composition from palm oil malam has recently been accepted and the learning is in early process still. It is hoped that Batik Laweyan that applied palm oil malam would be more interesting for foreigners.

He continued by getting participation in RSPO Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT2023), it was hoped to encourage and escalate the understanding and acceptance on palm oil batik. He is optimist that by the conference, Batik Laweyan would be more famous in many countries because the products are more environmental.

Source: Majalah InfoSAWIT, December 2023