Mandalika Batik Motif, Recording MotoGP in Silence

Dian Primadika and Munir have never felt or heard the roar of a racing motorbike, the roar of the audience or commentators on various world television networks. Especially seeing the excitement of the MotoGP race which is being held at the Mandalika Circuit, Nusa Tenggara, this week.

Dian and Munir are deaf disabled workers at Batik Toeli Laweyan Solo. Both of them were only able to pour MotoGP’s batik creations on sheets of cloth. Their hands continue to move agilely following the pattern lines that make up the Mandalika MotoGP knick-knacks.

Toeli Laweyan Batik manager, Taufan Wicaksono when met at the Mandalika Moto GP batik production house.  (Photo: VOA/Yudha Satriawan)

Toeli Laweyan Batik manager, Taufan Wicaksono when met at the Mandalika Moto GP batik production house. (Photo: VOA/Yudha Satriawan)

The manager of Batik Toeli Laweyan Solo, Muhammad Taufan Wicaksono, when met by VOA at his production house last weekend said the idea of ​​making batik with the nuances of the Mandalika MotoGP was a form of creativity for Indonesia’s success in hosting the MotoGP in Mandalika. According to Taufan, the various motifs contained in batik are priced at millions of rupiah.

“There is a pictorial motif track The Mandalika circuit track, there are motifs of MotoGP racer Marc Marquez, MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, and so on. We see this MotoGP event known to the world. Currently it is held in Indonesia and it is possible to promote batik,” explained Taufan.

He added, it took almost a month to complete the production of this batik.

One of the Batik Moto GP Mandalika motifs produced by Batik Toeli Laweyan, last weekend.  (Photo: VOA/Yudha Satriawan)

One of the Batik Moto GP Mandalika motifs produced by Batik Toeli Laweyan, last weekend. (Photo: VOA/Yudha Satriawan)

Disabled Empowerment

Batik Toeli has five deaf workers with different skills and tasks. Some make patterns, make batik, color, and so on. Taufan added that creative ideas spontaneously emerged from them with contemporary batik motifs.

“Mas Dian who is deaf is already an expert in designing or drawing patterns. It takes about 3-4 days to conceptualize the idea for making Mandalika batik because we are also chasing time. We find a suitable motif, we apply it to the fabric to be produced as well as a promotional event the work of deaf friends”, explained Taufan.

President Joko Widodo rides a motorcycle while trying out the track at the Mandalika Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, November 12, 2021. (Photo: Agus Soeparto/Presidential Palace via REUTERS)

President Joko Widodo rides a motorcycle while trying out the track at the Mandalika Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, November 12, 2021. (Photo: Agus Soeparto/Presidential Palace via REUTERS)

The Batik Toeli production room is very quiet. They continue to work non-stop. A deaf designer, Dian Primadika, showed VOA the image of President Jokowi riding a motorbike at the Mandalika Circuit, which will be the next batik motif.

Batik and MotoGP Mandalika

Indonesian culture has gone global through the United Nations agency for culture and education, UNESCO, which recognizes batik as a world cultural heritage. MotoGP Mandalika elevates batik as its uniqueness compared to various other circuits in the world. The area on the Mandalika Circuit race track is painted with batik motifs painted at the 15th and 16th corners. The Sasak ikat motif was chosen as the batik motif in this circuit.

Not only the circuit, the podium-winning trophy in the Mandalika MotoGP match is also batik-patterned. The top of the trophy has an image of the Mandalika Circuit, typical of the Indonesian MotoGP and on the side there is a batik motif.

Some MotoGP racers express their pride by installing batik motifs on their helmets. One of them is a MotoGP racer from Spain, Alex Rins, who expressed his gratitude on his Instagram account.

“I would like to thank you for the great support we have received here with this special design inspired by Indonesian batik art. Did you like it?” wrote Alex.

The batik design can be seen on the right and left of the helmet. In addition, there is also a Batik Kawung motif on the back and top of the helmet.

Another racer, Johann Zarco, also wore a helmet with the Mega Mendung batik motif on the back.

“Glad to be able to show a little bit about Indonesia as my helmet was designed for this weekend. Hope you like it don’t forget to compete to win it,” wrote Zarco.​

Batik and MotoGP Mandalika: RI’s Economic and Tourism Revival

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, in the official Kemenparekraf video, said that Indonesia’s position as the host of the MotoGP in Mandalika was an era of tourism and economic revival after the pandemic.

“I want to convey my pride, Indonesia has the Mandalika circuit and this MotoGP event. The Mandalika is a symbol of economic revival and the recovery of the tourism and creative economy sectors, which have been hit by a pandemic for the past two years. Many business opportunities, job opportunities, MSMEs are starting to stretch,” said Sandiaga. [ys/em]