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Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Cirebon batik motifs left unprotected

  • Nana Rukmana

    The Jakarta post

Cirebon, west java   /   Sat, June 20 2009   /  12:11 pm

Around 400 traditional batik motifs from Cirebon, West Java, are not protected, raising fear among artisans that foreign parties could patent them before local authorities get the chance. Katura, from the association of Cirebon batik artisans, said Friday no patents had been applied for in the cases of 400 traditional motifs created by local artisans. "We worry that foreign parties can claim the motifs as theirs. This would put us in a bat spot," he said. "We urge the government pay serious attention to this." He added that protection and marketing support from the government and local authorities were needed to help develop the batik industry that had for generations been maintained well in the region. Katura said the majority of batik artisans in Cirebon had faced difficulties in penetrating either the domestic or international m...