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Indonesian Ministry of Industry to promote batik
Nov '11
The Indonesian batik industry is mainly focused on generating large scale production and employment and hence the Indonesian Ministry of Industry aims to promote it.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant rise in those joining the country's batik industry. In 2008, there were 53,250 batik units in Indonesia employing around 873,510 workers. By 2010, this number had grown to 55,778 units with 916,783 workers, and the number is still rising.

However, the export value of Indonesian batik and batik items has been decreasing since the global recession hit the world. As a result, the export value which was US$ 93.09 million in 2008, dropped to US$ 76.02 million in 2009 and further to US$ 69.24 million in 2010.

The Ministry of Industry feels that the country's small and medium units, in particular, fail to match the batik standards. Hence, it has suggested that the country's batik industry be divided into three segments, viz. cultural batik, batik industry and creative batik.

This will augment the growth of Indonesia's batik industry and will also conserve batik art as a culture, Director General of Small and Medium Industry Kemenperin Euis Saedah said.

He informed that it is proposed that the Ministry of Culture & Education would promote cultural batik segment, which includes batik produced by traditional grip like stamp and batik, while creative batik segment, would be brought under the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Industry proposes to promote the batik industry segment, which includes batik arts like printing or silk screening nights, Euis said.

He elaborated that such categorization was conceived while bearing in mind the nature and needs of all the categories of batik industry, and could be achieved with the help of SNI, the National Standardization Body of Indonesia.

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