"We plan to issue a regional regulation on North Maluku batik in order to make it obligatory clothing for the civil servants and students on certain days," Disperindag Chief Martinus Jawa noted here on Monday.
He claimed that batik, with the distinctive feature of a clove flower and nutmeg, was considered a superior commodity in North Maluku, but unfortunately, it has so far only been used in the uniforms of the North Maluku contingent for certain sport events and prospective Hajj pilgrims.
"Therefore, we want to make it obligatory clothing for the civil servants and students here on certain days in order to preserve and promote it to the people outside North Maluku, particularly to the tourists," Martinus affirmed.
He noted that making batik into obligatory clothing will also help to increase the number of batik craftsmen.
According to Martinus, North Maluku batik has its own special uniqueness, which is not found in the batik from other regions in Indonesia.
"Because of that, we believe that batik from North Maluku can attract consumers from other regions and abroad," he stated, adding that the batik from the province has become a favorite souvenir for the tourists.