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Jakarta Post

China-made batik saturates local market

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 9 2008   /  10:21 am
BATIK HEAVEN: A sales clerk arranges batik clothes at a stall at the Batik Exhibition at the Industry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday. The exhibition, which ends Friday, showcases a wide range of traditional and modern batik clothes. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

BATIK HEAVEN: A sales clerk arranges batik clothes at a stall at the Batik Exhibition at the Industry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday. The exhibition, which ends Friday, showcases a wide range of traditional and modern batik clothes. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira) Juggernaut manufacturer China is swallowing almost everything the world's heritage has to offer, including Indonesia's traditional batik. China apparently took up producing batik three years ago, following in the steps of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. With the cost of producing low-end batik deemed too expensive in Indonesia, China has filled the gap by supplying the Indonesian market with cheaper products that are mostly smuggled into the country. Fauzi Azis, the Industry Ministry's director general for small and medium businesses, on Monday alleged Indonesian businesspeople were involved in smug...