Jayapura, Jubi – The Comission II of the Papua Legislative Council for People’s Economic Affairs said they would support the Papuan batik industry by bringing the production of the garments to Papua.
The Chairman of the Commission II Deerd Tabuni said Papua Batiks are actually produced in large scale outside Papua, while its production at home was limited and done manually.
“As the result of Papua Batik was produced at the outside of Papua, the content of stories in the batik’s motives was partial. Yet each motive of Papua Batik is the stories of various regions in Papua. In the future we will promote Papua batik to be produced in Papua,” said Tabuni on Wednesday (14/9/2016).
According to him, if Papua Batik was produced in Papua, not only it would create jobs but also generate revenue for the province.
“Papua batik is not only acknowledged nationally but internationally as well. It has become a souvenir of those who visit Papua. But it is manufactured outside Papua, in Pekalongan,” he said.
Taken from the human resources, said Tabuni, Papua has the batik craftsmen whose skills was no need to be questioned, such as Jimmy Affar and Mrs. Blandina Ongge. Both are involved in the art of batik for decades. “Papua batik craftsmen have the ability to design the batik motives from each regency in Papua,” he said.
Similarly the Deputy Chairman of the Commission II Madai Gombo said his commission has intention to promote Papua batik to be produced in Papua.
“Papua batik has a potential market. Only it has not get attention and managed properly in Papua. If it was produced in Papua, it would become a source of income for the community,” said Gombo.
During the time, according to him, Papua batik was produced at the outside of Papua but was distributing in Papua. The price is fairly expensive. “If Papua batik was produced in Papua, its motives could be differs of each regions located in the five customary areas in Papua, namely Mamta, Saireri, Lapago, Meepago and Anim Ha,” he added. (*/rom)