MAGELANG (Central Java), Aug 29 (Bernama) — A 34-year-old full set of batik clothes brought by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah on the state visit to Jakarta on Tuesday has a special significance to her.
Tunku Azizah said the set, which included a selendang (shawl), had a special historical significance because it was a gift from the Indonesian government to Tunku Azizah when she accompanied her father, the late Sultan Iskandar who was then the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on an official visit to the republic in 1985.
She said she chose the batik set to show her appreciation to the Indonesian government in a state welcome she attended to accompany Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on a four-day state visit to Indonesia.
“In December 1985, when I was younger and not married to Tuanku, I accompanied my father on an official visit to the Republic of Indonesia.
“If you notice, during the state welcome (in Jakarta on Tuesday), I wore a batik sarung and a batik selendang. Actually, the batik was a gift from the Republic of Indonesia to the Agong’s children who accompanied him then.
“34 years later, I am wearing it again. To show that I had kept it…my appreciation to the Indonesian Republic which gave it to me,” she told reporters covering the visit of the Royal Couple to the historic Borobudur Temple here.
The visit was part of their programme while in Yogyakarta on a state visit which began on Monday. Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah had earlier been on a two-day visit to the federal capital, Jakarta.
Tunku Azizah also posted a photograph of her wearing the batik set on her Twitter account, (@cheminahsayang), posing with Sultan Abdullah, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana Joko Widodo at a state reception in the Bogor Presidential Palace.
In Jakarta, Tunku Azizah visited the ‘World Ikat Textiles 2019-Ikat: Ties That Bind’ exhibition at the Textile Museum which had almost 100 collections of woven cloth from various countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
On the exhibition, Tunku Azizah who is known for her deep interest in textiles and fabric design, said the ties between ASEAN countries could be likened to the threads which form the songket, symbolising the unity of the nations.
“The threads which we weave to make songket, we call it the ‘ties that bind’ that unite us as one Asean, and can be found in any country (in Asean),” she said.