Indonesia's batik industry is being promoted by an unlikely ambassador - South African President Nelson Mandela. He adopted the Indonesian national dress after a visit two years ago when heads of state attending an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Bogor were presented with batik shirts. His stylist, Yusuf Surtee, said: 'He decided that if officials and politicians could wear batik shirts in Indonesia, he could start the trend in South Africa.' Mr Mandela's enthusiasm for batik shirts made headlines in Britain recently when he wore a black and satin shirt for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Later, at a tree-planting ceremony, it was a blue, orange and grey one. Mr Mandela's adoption of 'Indonesian style' has been warmly welcomed in the birthplace of batik. An editorial in the Jakarta Post commented: 'Thanks to President Mandela's example is a greater appreciation of one of Indonesia's oldest and finest traditions.'