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Jepara Carving Gebyok is the Theme of the Indonesian G20 Presidency

Indonesia officially became the G20 Presidency for the first time from 1 December 2021 until the end of 2022 when the Presidency was handed over at the G20 Summit in Bali.

There is something interesting about this big State Event, namely the G20 Indonesia 2022 theme which links the Wayang symbol. This is the archipelago theme taken at this presidency, namely Indonesia with the theme "Recover Together, Recover Stronger." Through this theme Indonesia invites the whole world to work hand in hand, support each other to recover together and grow stronger and more sustainable. Based on the social culture of the Indonesian nation, namely mutual cooperation to build together is typical of Indonesia. So it is very appropriate that behind this presidential event there is a Jepara Carving Gebyok.

An extraordinary blend of Indonesian socio-culture with the theme brought to this G20 Indonesia.

The meaning of the G20 Indonesia 2022 Logo

The G20 Indonesia logo consists of several graphic elements, each of which has a meaning, including the following:

Kawung's motive

The kawung motif means the spirit to be better and useful for others. The kawung motif is one of the most famous batik motifs in Indonesia.

Gunungan Silhouette

Gunungan is used in wayang performances. This logo displays a greeting in the form of a silhouette with the meaning of changing chapters. This means that Indonesia is ready to make the G20 event a momentum to move towards an inclusive and sustainable world economic recovery.

Red and Blue Colors

The red color on the gunungan is taken from the color of the Flag of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. While the blue color is taken from the color of the sea which describes Indonesia's identity as a maritime country.

Plant tendrils

Plant tendrils represent the spirit of green, inclusive and sustainable recovery.

Gebyok is an icon of a Javanese house, in the form of a unique carving of teak wood, and now has quite high artistic value.

Gebyok or partition was originally the main part of a Jepara and Kudus Traditional House, which was to delimit the profane and sacred worlds.

The development of Gebyok is also inseparable from the influence of Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Islamic, and a little European culture.

"Even though gebyok is well known, not many people know about the origin and development of gebyok. In its history, many figures have been pioneers and architects of gebyok, which has become an icon of the Javanese house to its present form, which is the result of development by carpentry experts. from time to time, starting from Kudus and Jepara,” said Triatmo Doriyanto, author and initiator of the book Gebyok Kontak Rumah Jawa.

Philosophically, it can be said that if gebyok as a partition or boundary does not exist, it can disturb the balance of the outside world which relates to fellow human beings and the inner world. This is related to the religious rituals of the owner or occupant with the Creator.

Along with the times, gebyok began to decline. Its existence has been reduced and even threatened with extinction. Triatmo said, in Kudus, the existence of traditional houses typical of that area is now difficult to find. There are also only a few units left in the sanctuary. The rest, these traditional houses have been traded both as a Gebyok House and partially in the form of a gebyok.

In fact, gebyok is an inherent and inseparable part of the traditional house. However, currently gebyok develops with various motifs and types that are influenced by their regional origins. Not only that, the social level of the community also influences the diversity of gebyok, such as the motifs and carving techniques. Therefore, gebyok styles and motifs do not always come from a particular area but can also come from other regions.

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