So far, Solo Raya is known as the center of the textile industry. However, unfortunately, most of the raw materials for cloth are imported from various countries. This was highlighted by the Ministry of Industry. "Most of the raw materials for batik are 95 percent imported cotton," explained Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry Dody Widodo at Ono Solo Coffee & Eatery, Friday (5/5/2023).
According to Dody, this is one of the causes of an imbalance in the production chain from upstream to downstream.
"Batik is part of the textile industry's products. The balance between upstream, in-between and downstream from the industry is still a problem," he said.
Inevitably, local entrepreneurs find it difficult to keep production stable.
"There is no balance. As in batik, the initial downstream product is batik cloth. The problem is in the raw materials," he explained.
Currently, his party is developing other raw materials for fabrics that can be produced in Indonesia, one of which is rayon from wood fiber.
"Is it possible for batik to be made with fibers other than cotton? There is an opportunity from rayon, which is based on bark. We are pushing for that," he said.
His party is currently trying hard to find the technology so that it can be used by batik entrepreneurs.
"Technology must be sought for batik on rayon. The technology already exists, it just needs to be socialized. Apart from that, there is also a combination of cotton and rayon," he said.