It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Yogyakarta, the ASEAN City of Culture for the 2018-2020 period.

This year, Yogya will host the 7th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium, an international conference where textile experts from many countries meet and discuss issues of traditional textiles.

Weaving, batik, embroidery, and ikat are a few of the many textile producing techniques. It is an art form that has been handed down by our ancestors, from generation to generation. These weaving traditions should be protected while maintaining the integrity of this artform.

I appreciate your participating in this important event, and I look forward to meeting you all in Yogyakarta.