What are the latest developments in the batik sector? What role can the policy makers play in the growth process?
Today, we are facing a very difficult situation as the cost of the production is rising. Mainly the raw materials, rates have gone up and in Sri Lanka we do not have enough manufacturers and we are depending on the imports from the other parts of the world. The dye and wax rates are also rapidly increasing.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s when the situation changed in the country, and the Tourism industry dropped, there was a vast drop in the Batik industry too. Now we are using new designs and quality materials to cater not only the local Industry, but also the foreign demand as well. The batik that is created as a fine art is always an original and is one of its kind. The increasing developments in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry have lead to peaked interest in batik art and batik design from the international community.
Batik is part of our heritage, it is a beautiful tradition that needs to be kept alive in our country, and shared with the world.
We feel that the world has begun to understand the value of batik. UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009. As part of the acknowledgment, UNESCO insisted that Indonesia preserve their heritage. We are striving to reach those goals on the island of Sri Lanka. We are reaching out to members of government and members of the community to take interest in this beautiful cultural experience and boost this impressive sector.
We hope to introduce this beautiful fine art Industry to the world which is a million dollar project. Like in Malaysia, the Sri Lanka Government and other garment sectors are supporting to bring this industry to the maximum.
Published on: 27/03/2012
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