China-made batik saturates local market
Mustaqim Adamrah , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 09/09/2008 10:21 AM | Headlines
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.