Ahmad Rusdi, the Indonesian ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, really puts the batik diplomacy philosophy into practice as he carries a black leather bag full of Pekalongan batik to every international forum he attends. He presents the fabric from his birthplace to his colleagues or new acquaintances. “They are happy. They wear them to receptions or dinners,” Rusdi told Tempo two weeks ago.
His astute diplomatic skills have help...