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Aiming for clean, green batik

  • Andrea Booth

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 11 2010   /  09:09 am

Cut the waste: Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta (center) cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the Clean Batik Initiative program last week in Jakarta. JP/Andrea BoothThe Clean Batik Initiative inauguration kicked off last Tuesday at Museum Tekstil in West Jakarta in an effort to begin the “cleaner” production of Indonesia’s national dress. Fronted by the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID), the CBI aims to help produce batik in a sustainable manner, by minimizing the negative effects the batik industry has on the environment. The program will run from 2010 until 2013.“Batik is a very important industry in Indonesia, employing almost 1 million workers,” EKONID managing director Jan Rönnfeld said. EKONID works to promote bilateral trade and investment between Germany and Indonesia.“As a leader in technology, we can utilize available resources to help ...