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Traditional craftsmanship: the origin, culture, and challenges of batik industry in Malaysia


Mohamad Akhir, Noor Haslina and Ismail, Normaz Wana and Said, Rusmawati and Kaliappan, Shivee Ranjanee (2015) Traditional craftsmanship: the origin, culture, and challenges of batik industry in Malaysia. In: Islamic Perspectives Relating to Business, Arts, Culture and Communication. Springer, Singapore, pp. 229-237. ISBN 9789812874290

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Batik is a process of dyeing fabric by making use of a resist technique. Approximately, 70 % of the national industry in Malaysia is derived from SMEs,and microenterprise is one of the main components in SMEs. In the Malaysian context, most of batik enterprises have been categorized in SME industries.Recently, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).had classified the craft industry as one of the items in the creative industries.They believe the creative industries will provide new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high-income countries due to the contribution on output level, employment, and tourism sector. Even though batik production has long been established in this country, unfortunately, it is still dominated by microenterprises with around 86 %. Hence, this paper is written to bring readers to understand the origin, culture, and the challenges faced by batik makers in order to preserve and flourish batik industry in Malaysia.

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Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
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Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Batik industry; Batik origin; Batik culture; Challenges
Depositing User: Azhar Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 14:00
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