National creative products supported by unlimited resources: Ministry

Bantul, Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Industry has said that creative products, such as handicrafts and batik, in Indonesia are supported by unlimited natural and human resources.

“These unlimited resources will encourage the industry to be able to compete in the global market,” noted the Secretary of the Industry Ministry’s Industrial Services Policy and Standards Agency, Ratna Utarianingrum, in her speaking at the 2022 National Seminar on Batik Crafts and Industries held at the Standardization and Service Center for Batik Crafts and Industry (BBSPJIKB) Yogyakarta, as quoted in a press release on Wednesday.

Utarianingrum pointed out that the handicraft and batik industry has contributed significantly to the national economy and its products are in demand in the global market.

The Ministry of Industry said batik exports in 2021 were valued at US$46.24 million and in the first half of 2022 the value reached US$27.42 million. Furniture and handicrafts exports in 2021 reached $3.46 billion, up 27.23% from the previous year.

“These two sectors have, until now, been based on the use of local raw materials, so they have great potential to continue to develop by cooperating with various agencies, associations, industry players and practitioners,” said said Utarianingrum.

One of the efforts pursued by the center was to organize the 2022 National Seminar on Batik Crafts and Industry which addressed the theme of “Local Wisdom for the Revival and Awakening of Crafts and the batik industry”.

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The head of BBSPJIKB at the Ministry of Industry, Hendra Yetty, said that 58 speakers and about 250 participants from industry players, government institutions, academics, culturalists and batik enthusiasts, or observers were present at the event.

She expected that the 2022 National Seminar on Batik Crafts and Industries could be used as a platform to promote, discuss and share information related to the development of the creative industry, especially the handicrafts and batik.

It can also broaden people’s understanding of traditional crafts and batik and other aspects, so that cultural preservation can be achieved in a positive way.

“It is an inspiration to everyone that the Indonesian handicraft and batik industry can survive and emerge from the global crisis and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help in the development of science and culture related to batik, crafts and other aspects,” Yetty concluded.

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