Jayapura, 7/4 (Jubi) – The Asmat carvings which is known with its complexity details and high artistic values are currently able to easily imitated by the Balinese craftsmen, whereas earlier it could only done by the Asmat people.
“It wasn’t surprise if we found the Asmat carvings in Bali or elsewhere. It might be made in Province Bali and produced by the Balinese craftsmen,” a tourism observer in Papua, Mian Simanjuntak told to tabloidjubi.com on Monday (7/4).
He hoped the local government could give a serious attention towards the Papuan artists as well as their works, so that the potential and richness of art and culture could be well improved and be strength of Papuans.
“I see a lot of leaders in Papua didn’t count on the art works of Papuan artists and tourism as well. In fact, all the elements were contained within tourism, started from art, culture, economic, aesthetics and other values. If those elements could be well understood, it would give a huge impact to the development in Papua,” he said.
The Head Section of Tourism Promotion of Tourism and Creative Economic Department of Province Papua, Fidella Rettob admitted the Balinese craftsmen could imitate the Asmat carvings and sell it. It is now her concern.
“Many factors have inhibited the tourism growth in Papua, either it’s about security or budget. I think if every sectors have been serious and thought the art, culture and tourism are important, the tourism in Papua should be better,” she told tabloidjubi.com in her office on Monday (7/4). (Albert/Jubi/rom)