Surakarta or Solo is famous for batik clothes, one of the products of high cultural value of Indonesia. In Solo there are some special rules about the use of batik, include: social status of the one who wear some special pattern and special events where batik should be used in conjunction with the hope or blessing through batik designs. Solo batik designs are also often associated with Hindu Javanese culture, a symbol Sawat or supreme power of the crown, the symbol of the mountain Meru or earth, symbol of the water dragon, symbol of the wind or the birds of the upper world and the symbol of Fire Tongue of fire. Batik in Solo is not about fahion. Various efforts have been made to introduce and preserve batik products. One of them is like the annual event held by The Government of Surakarta , Solo Batik Carnival (SBC).
This Event, Solo Batik Carnival (SBC) is an annual event conducted by The Government of Surarakarta City. The participants is actually only from the local region. But on Batik Carnival in Solo in 2010 there were 20 participating countries Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) that come to enliven the Solo Batik Carnival. Countries taking part include Iran, Laos, Fiji, Cambodia, Brunei, Oman, Iran, Maldipes, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Buton, Afghanistan, India, Qatar, Palestine, Armenia, and Jordan.
The delegates followed the carnival carriage horses. Along the way they always smiled and waved to the thousands of people who thronged Slamet Riyadi Street.
Solo Batik Carnival (SBC), which has become an icon of the Solo can be seen starting from the intersection of Jalan Slamet Riyadi Purwosari and will end up in the Ngarsopuro. Carnival dispatched at 15:00 pm.
The festival is of course very helpful to attract foreign tourists to visit Indonesia. Just for you know that in 2011, there are around 200 000 tourists from the America. visited Indonesia. This year, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry expects the number of tourists from the U.S. visiting Indonesia to reach 225.000 tourist.And Solo as festival organizers will be known internationally, as a city that has a lot of cultural tourism attraction to visit.