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Handicrafts made by physically disabled given prominence at fair
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Oct '09
The East Java administration has been involving physically handicapped producers in the local handicrafts and batik industry as a measure to boost the industry and to ride out the global financial meltdown.

The East Java Festival, organized from October 3 to 12 in Surabaya, also exhibits handicrafts and batik items produced by students of special schools for handicaps. Over 100 small and medium enterprises took part in the festival organized for 10 days.

In order to highlight the efforts of this province toward greater business equality, the handicraft products produced by the physically challenged people were displayed in the festival.

Governor Soekarwo believes handicrafts and batik are mainstays of the local economy. East Java has a rich batik culture, concentrated in Madura, Sidoarjo, Surabaya, Tuban and Gresik, stated the Governor.

He further added that he will make all regency and municipal heads to gather new data of all the batik producers in their region and would encourage people, particularly civil employees to wear batik cloths at work.

This industry is expected to support the economy amid the export plunge, which occurred due to global crisis, he added.

Products export, except oil and gas, from East Java between January and July this year totaled to $4.722 billion, recording a fall of 22 percent in comparison to the same period last year.

Batik producers are receiving lodes of business orders during festive season, particularly, from the civil servants as they have to wear batik during working hours and also after the inclusion of batik into the list of 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by UNESCO, recently.

Cities such as Jakarta, Makassar, Cirebon, Bali, Bandung and Surabaya place maximum orders of batik.

Batik producers are now receiving orders for around 2000 pieces of batik at a time, which is helping them to ride out crisis, against orders of 600 to 800 pieces of batik a month, ago.

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