Selling batik to Indonesia


Selling batik to Indonesia must rank among other feats such as selling ice to Eskimos and coal to Newcastle.

So what is Indonesia’s response to this threat? Where is the innovation that can beat commoditization in this Web 2.0 world?

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

China-made batik saturates local market


Mustaqim Adamrah ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Tue, 09/09/2008 10:21 AM  |  Headlines


A sales clerk arranges batik clothes at a stall at the Batik Exhibition at the Industry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday. The exhibition, which ends Friday, showcases a wide range of traditional and modern batik clothes. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)BATIK HEAVEN: A sales clerk arranges batik clothes at a stall at the Batik Exhibition at the Industry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday. The exhibition, which ends Friday, showcases a wide range of traditional and modern batik clothes. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)


Juggernaut manufacturer China is swallowing almost everything the world’s heritage has to offer, including Indonesia’s traditional batik.


China apparently took up producing batik three years ago, following in the steps of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.


With the cost of producing low-end batik deemed too expensive in Indonesia, China has filled the gap by supplying the Indonesian market with cheaper products that are mostly smuggled into the country.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. pjbali says:

    Simply amazing. Who would have thought it? BTW the term “eskimo” is not really pc (at least in canada). They prefer to call themselves Inuit.

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  2. Dian says:

    dear… oh… dear…. my dear indonesiana…. how can it be? how amazing. Soon we will need to import wayang and krupuk udang….

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  3. atha lakuary says:

    oh…… why is that ??

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