The Borobudur district administration in Central Java is developing a batik village as a new tourist attraction. Twenty women from Wanurejo tourist village near the Borobudur temple are taking part in batik training to develop the potential of batik handicrafts that is yet to be tapped. “So far the batik handicrafts have not been handled well,” Borobudur district chief Arry Widinugroho told tempo.co on Tuesday. The one-month training program, which began on Monday, has been conducted by the Harapan Bangsa Course and Training Institute from Magelang. During the training, the women will earn how to make fine batik and will be empowered to establish business groups that will also facilitate batik marketing. With the new batik handicraft centers, tourists are expected to prolong their stay in Borobudur to learn more about batik, which will also improve the local economy, Arry said. He said that he would later talk with local public figures and artists to discuss the characteristics or motifs of the Borobudur batik. Taken from: Jakarta Post
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