Many tourists from all over the countries around the world who visit Indonesia will try to find Batik as merchandises. Nevertheless, Indonesia government gives hard fight in promoting Batik as Indonesia traditional clothes. Indonesian leader always wear it in national and International occasion that make Batiks become better known in the world eyes.
It is proud me when a tourist ask "where I can find Batik?". With so much pleasure, I take them to the best shop that they can get the best quality of Batik. Indonesian people know Batik as traditional clothes from Java. It produces and manufactures there with Java traditional style. As Sumatrans girl, I love to offer them Sumatrans dress materials that we call it with Songket that is beautiful, elegant with gold and red thread. It was surprising, when they refused them beside of they have no plan to purchase it, the expensive price also become a reason. On their head, Indonesia is Batik.
Nowadays, we can find many styles of Batik from other country. For example, Chinese Batik has entered Indonesia with lower price compare with Indonesian Batik. India and Malaysia also have their own Batik style. They have rights to compete in International market and claim their Batiks style. It is harder Indonesian Batiks producer because meet good competitor in International and even national market.
Batik also becomes one to attract tourist come to Indonesia. What will be happen if the Batik famed decrease? Something that Indonesia government forget to put in their tourism support agenda that beside Indonesia consists of many Islands, with many cultures and many languages, also many traditional clothes. Seem, the government to busy supporting Batik to International eyes then forget that Sumatra have Songket, Sulawesi has Nggembe and Koje, Kalimantan with their Dayak clothes style, also Bali, Papua, Maluku has their own style that rich of historical motives.
It will be so wise to give hard fight promote other Indonesia traditional clothes beside batik to International eyes before other country claim their own style of Songket.
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