The governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, officially announced the requirement for wearing clothing made from endek cloth or traditional woven fabrics typical of the province of Bali every Tuesday. The decision was taken to protect and preserve endek weaving as a creative cultural heritage of the people of the Island of the Gods.
“So by saying ‘Om Awighnam astu namo sidham’ today, Anggara Kliwon Kulantir February 23, 2021, I offcially declare starting the use of clothes or clothing made from Balinese endek/ traditional Balinese woven fabrics every Tuesday,” said Koster at the inauguration ceremony for the use of endek woven clothing at Jayasabha, in the city of Denpasar.
Koster also confirmed this policy in the Governor of Bali Circular Letter Number 4 of 2021 concerning the Use of Balinese Endek Woven Fabrics/ Balinese Traditional Woven Fabrics.
The use of Balinese endek weaving every Tuesday must be carried out by employees of vertical agencies, regents/ mayors throughout Bali, government employees, bank employees, state-owned enterprises employees, banking circles to the ranks of educational institutions.
“Bali endek woven cloth is a creative cultural heritage of the Balinese people that must be protected, preserved, used and empowered, which becomes the identity of the Balinese people with character and integrity in accordance with the vision of Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali through the Universal Development Plan towards a New Era Bali,” he said.
Moreover, Balinese endek woven fabrics have been registered as Communal Intellectual Property for Traditional Cultural Expressions at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. The Bali provincial government has also collaborated with Christian Dior at the Paris fashion week last year. Balinese Endek cloth is Dior’s choice of material for the 2021 Spring/ Summer collection which was on display at Paris Fashion Week on September 29th, 2020 at Jardin de Tuileries, Paris.