Guest Writer: René Mayer / Fairmont Hotel Jakarta


Indonesia is famous for its traditional cloth called “Batik”. It is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. 

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It has diverse patterns, which are symbolic and influenced by a variety of cultures – this especially applies for Javanese batik which has a long history of acculturation and is probably the most developed batik in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship.

In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The day, October 2, 2009 has been stated by Indonesian government as National Batik Day.

Rene Mayer, a German native living in Jakarta, Indonesia as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Jakarta, is also a fan of Batik.  His favourite batik brand is IWAN-TIRTA Private Collection.

The late Iwan Tirta was a designer who dedicated his life to introducing batik to the world. He was a world-famous maestro well known for his legendary batik collections, exquisite fabric designs, and extravagant fashion shows. Every single batik cloth of Iwan Tirta Private Collection is arduously hand-made by experienced artisans who, in keeping with the high-standard tradition.

To pay tribute to such craftsmanship, Fairmont Jakarta collaborated with Iwan Tirta Private Collection (ITPC) in offering “Batik Afternoon Tea” to its guests at Peacock Lounge. It was an afternoon tea promotion that is inspired by the artisanal patterns of ITPC’s latest collection. 

As an effort to create a sustainable awareness on batik, especially to the younger generations, companies in Indonesia encourage its employees to wear Batik to work every Friday. Many expatriates working in Indonesia like Rene also wears batik to work on Fridays, as part of their respect to Indonesian culture.

Text / René Mayer

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TRAVEL: Fairmont Jakarta, TGM Cover story November 2018 BUSINESS: Business-Interview René Mayer, Fairmont Hotel Jakarta.




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