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The Association of Indonesian Textile Experts (IKATSI) will hold the IXth Congress on 18-19 March 2023 at the Asrilia hotel, Bandung City. IKATSI is a professional organization whose members consist of graduates of Textile Colleges in Indonesia. The College of Textile Technology (STTT) was formerly called the Textile Technology Institute (ITT) with several private universities majoring in Textile Technology such as UPN Veteran Jakarta, UNIS Tangerang, UII Yogyakarta, UNBAR , AITB. STTT-ITT is the only State University owned by the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia. Is the oldest Textile College, last year celebrated 100 years (a century) of the existence

The Indonesian Textile Association (API) is also concerned about the rise of used clothing imports in the country. Previously, President Joko Widodo said that the flood of used clothing products was very disruptive to the national textile industry, so that its distribution had to be stopped immediately. General Chair of the Indonesian Textile Association Jemmy Kartika Sastraatmaja said that used imported textile products, both clothing and footwear, had actually taken the Indonesian market by storm since last year. Most of these imported products come from Europe, America and Singapore.

Deputy for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs (KemenkopUKM) Hanung Harimba said the thrifting presence of imported clothing was detrimental to domestic textile SME producers. To note, thrifting is an activity in finding and buying used goods. Regarding this activity, Hanung said, imports of used clothing could cut the market share of domestic textile SMEs by up to 15 percent. “This thrifting of imported clothes will also harm textile SME producers. According to CIPS and ApsyFI, 80 percent of clothing manufacturers in Indonesia are dominated by small and micro industries, while imports of used clothing have cut their market share by 12-15 percent," said Hanung Harimba in a statement in Jakarta, Monday (13/3).