Indonesian VP praises Brunei’s batik

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INDONESIA’S vice president was impressed with the traditional motifs of Brunei’s batik and the country is keen to see more Bruneian entrepreneurs taking part in its exhibitions.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla lauded Brunei’s traditional batik during the recent BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Expo, Conference and Business Matching 2016 in Makassar, saying it has its own uniqueness.

This was shared yesterday by Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Ibrahim, a prominent Bruneian textile designer at Batik Desamas who participated in the expo hosted by Indonesia from October 14-16 in the capital of South Sulawesi Province.

He was among the 11 Bruneian entrepreneurs who took part in the event to showcase the country’s products.

The biennial expo is known as one of the biggest exhibition platforms in the sub-regional area with stakeholders from industrial sectors in five countries — Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand — taking part.

“Our booth was visited by Indonesia’s vice president, and he was impressed with Brunei’s traditional batik, which he liked very much,” said Hj Zainal Abidin.

He also informed the vice president about the various motifs used in Brunei’s batik.

Hj Zainal Abidin said Brunei’s traditional batik and sinjang (traditional woven cloth worn around the waist for males) were well received, noting that he only brought back home two pieces out of the 20 sinjang that were showcased at the expo.

“We’re looking forward to participating in similar expos in the future,” he added.

Eko Himawan, minister counselor for economic affairs at the Indonesian Embassy, on Thursday said that during the expo, Bruneian entrepreneurs showcased various products such as food items, batik, woven cloths and embroidery at 20 booths.

Eko said Brunei’s participants built contacts with their counterparts from Indonesia and other countries during the event and eyed possible cooperation in poultry farming and fish farming.

Before the third BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Expo, other Brunei entrepreneurs participated in Trade Expo Indonesia 2016 in Jakarta. The event, which ran from October 12-16, showcased Indonesia’s best export products, ranging from crafts to military equipment.

During the trade expo in Jakarta, participants from Brunei expressed interest in Indonesian products, including paper and halal cosmetics, he said.

“We hope to see more Bruneians, including those entrepreneurs who haven’t participated in any of the trade expos in Indonesia, taking part in future events hosted by Indonesia.”

The Brunei Times