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Traveling abroad, President Obama dons a traditional Indonesian Batik shirt

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Photo -   U.S. President Barack Obama, center, smiles as he joins a group photo with from left, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao prior to a gala dinner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama is in Cambodia on the final leg of his three-country tour of Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, smiles as he joins a group photo with from left, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao prior to a gala dinner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama is in Cambodia on the final leg of his three-country tour of Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
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President Obama joined world leaders for a gala dinner in Cambodia Monday with “strongman” Prime Minister Hun Sen. The leaders donned traditional Batik shirts for the occasion.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Batik shirt is “intertwined with the cultural identity of the Indonesian people and, through the symbolic meanings of its colors and designs, expresses their creativity and spirituality.”

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