Sun, 30 Aug 2009
Cirebon (ANTARA News) - Indonesian hand-made batik easily sells in overseas markets provided its quality and artistic styles meet consumers` requirements and tastes, an industry spokesman said.

"The overseas market opportunity for Indonesian batik such as in Japan is still prospective so long as we continue to maintain our commitment with the foreign consumers," batik craftsman Masnedi Masina told newsmen here on Saturday.

Masnedi, who is the secretary of Cirebon Trusmi Batik Cooperative, said he had been supplying typical hand-made batik products to Japanese consumers for a long time.

According to him, the Japanese consumers highly respected batik artistic art from Indonesia, especially from Cirebon, and therefore orders continued to increase every year.

"Japanese consumers keep asking me how many kinds of batik can be produced every year but I say we cannot set a target because batik work has its own artistic element that needs time," Masnedi said.

Masnedi added that the Japanese consumers were satisfied with his answer and said Indonesian batik`s market opportunity in their country was still wide open.

He said there were six customers in Japan who every year ordered hand-mate batiks from Cirebon, West Java.

"I am the seventh generation in our family to do the batik work and at present my eight children and children-in-law have been instructed in the ways to make batik with the best possible quality for the Japanese market," Masnedi said.

Meanwhile, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono has called on all parties to expedite the regeneration of traditional batik craftsmen and women so as to preserve the craft as part of the nation`s cultural legacy.

"It is a pity that batik development does not happen hand in hand with the regeneration of traditional batik craftspeople. Doing batik work actually needs patience but the skill can be bequeathed to the younger generation," Ani Yudhoyono said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The first lady made the call at a function to open a Nusantara (archipelagic) Batik Show, organized by the Indonesian Batik Foundation (YBI).

She said the younger generation should be immediately involved in the development of batik craftsmanship so that they can keep the craft alive and even make masterpieces themselves, prevent batik from being claimed by other countries. (*)



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