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The Textile Museum received a grant of more than 1,500 collections of batik cloth and ikat from the Eiko Adnan Kusuma family, to be exhibited, cared for and stored by the Textile Museum. The Head of the Art Museum Management Unit, Sri Kusumawati said this shows that the public's trust in the Textile Museum, as an institution that preserves Indonesian traditional fabrics.

Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Industry Bobby Gafur Umar asked the government to act decisively to overcome the flood of imported products in the domestic market. Moreover, he said, the current conditions are getting tougher, with the uncertainty of the global economy. "The threat of a global recession is real. We focus on the domestic market. With the TKDN (domestic content level) obligation for APBD / APBN projects worth IDR 1,060 trillion. Substitution of imported raw materials and imported products with domestic products," said Bobby Gafur, quoted Friday (28/10/2022).

 

The "Baur" collection not only marks the eight-year journey of As Far as Eyes to See (SMM) but also consistently carries the concept of slow fashion. There were 29 looks that were displayed in the 2023 Jakarta Fashion Week fashion show which was held at Pondok Indah Mall 3, last Tuesday (25/10/2022). Consisting of a top, kebaya, cloth, and gray-white nuanced items, all made from textiles that are no longer used. The materials used include patchwork left over from production, dead stock fabrics, leftover fabrics from previous exhibitions, and recycled fabrics from clothes that are not fit for use (post-production textile waste).

The textile and textile product (TPT) industry is still facing tough challenges amidst economic uncertainty. Previously, the textile industry was worried because of the termination of employment (PHK) experienced by the Kahatex textile factory in Sumedang, West Java, as many as 900 employees. The Indonesian Textile Association (API) has also stated that around 43,000 textile industry employees have been laid off since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged. Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association Jemmy Kartiwa Sastraatmaja said the phenomenon of layoffs that occurred in the domestic textile industry could not be separated from the impact of the weakening global textile market.

General Chairperson of the Indonesian Textile Association (API), Jemmy Kartiwa Sastraatmadja said that the threat of a global recession that was said to occur in 2023 was now felt for textile businesses. He said the export of textile products is now hampered until there is a decline. "Exports of current products have been felt to have fallen by 30 percent," he said on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Jemmy estimates that the decline in textile commodity exports will be worse next year. Europe and the United States, he said, were export destinations that experienced the greatest decline in purchasing power.