Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The latest batik designs of Papua`s Kamoro and Amukme tribes, just released by native Papua designer and businessman Jimi Hendrick Afaar, will be displayed at the Grand Indonesia in Jakarta, July 9-17, 2011.

"To introduce (Papuan batik) to the Indonesian people and foreign tourists, I and my group will participate in an exhibition to be held at the Grand Indonesia square in Jakarta next month," Jimi told ANTARA at Port Numbay Boutique, Kotaraja, here Tuesday.

In addition to introducing the latest designs, he will also display batik from Jayapura and other tribes in Papua.

"Besides the Komoro and Amukme designs, I will also exhibit batik designs from Port Numbay/Jayapura," he said.

Papua batik tells about the local culture, traditions which are forgotten or endangered, he said.

"I have the responsibility to promote and protect Papua culture through batik designs, especially those endangered or forgotten," he said.

"To satisfy clients is very important, especially because Port Numbay batik is not only known in Indonesia, or Papua, but also up to Italy and several other countries," he added.

Last Saturday (June 25), Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu visited the Port Numbay batik boutique. The minister praised the beautiful batik designs of Papua.

The Port Numbay batik designs feature objects such as traditional boats, birds, tifa traditional music instruments. Kamoro and Amukme batik designs usually show statue images. (*)

Editor: Kunto Wibisono
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