Saturday, December 10, 2005

"Use new technology for batik"

PM: Use new technology for batik

New Straits Times
PM: Use new technology for batik
Edition: Main/Lifestyle

KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The Prime Minister urged batik manufacturers to

blend the old with the new by taking advantage of technology to improve
the industry.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the industry would do well to

update production methods while ensuring the product's quality and

contemporary nature.

Abdullah called for more research and development in such areas as

natural dyes and experiment with ways of production other than the

tjanting or hand block.

"Batik is considered an art and thus, by nature, labour intensive and

reliant on the skills of the craftsmen.