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Batik house empowers women in Jambi's 'drug village'

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /  08:19 am
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Jambi native Tinah, paints batik prints on a piece of cloth in the headquarters of the local batik community in Jambi, on Feb. 5.(JP/Jon Afrizal)

In a yellow-painted stilt house in the heart of Jambi city, Jambi, Tinah, 42, was batik painting on a white cloth in her workshop. Around her, there were piles of batik fabrics that highlighted the traditional print patterns of Jambi as well as ready-to-wear batik attire. The house, named Rumah Batik (Batik House) is where Tinah started her journey to empower local people in Danau Sipin village. The village was infamous as a “drug village” where drug users and sellers lived among the residents. The house contains many stories of her efforts to provide alternative sources of income and skills for residents to take part in batik creation and business, instead of being involved in drug abuse or drug trafficking. The native of Jambi said her workshop had 18 members, some of whose children or family members were involved in drug-related cases. The members are all house...