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Niken Saptarini Widyawati, NTB Regional Crafts Council Chairwoman “Our purpose is to build innovative and competitive local microbusinesses”


NTB, IO – The National Crafts Council (Dewan Kerajinan Nasional – “Dekranas”) held a Kriyanusa Crafts Exhibition again in 2022, on 21-25 September in Hall A of the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta. Its theme this year was “Surviving Spirit of Competitive Craftspeople”, as the project was launched by the top two ladies of our nation: First Lady Negara Mrs. Iriana Joko Widodo, and General Chairwoman of Dekranas and the Mother of National Crafts, the Vice President’s wife, Mrs. Wury Ma’ruf Amin. 

Since its inception on 3 March 1980, Dekranas has served as the pioneering forum for our national crafts businesses and industries. It is both a driving element and a partner of the Government, in the guidance and development of our cultural traditions and heritage, in terms of craft, so that craftsmen from all over the Nusantara will be able to create excellent, competitive crafts, for sale everywhere. 

The primary purpose of the Kriyanusa exhibition is to help with the marketing of the products created by the micro and small companies mentored by Dekranasda. It is also meant to provide space for Nusantara craft products, which will encourage the creativity and innovation required to generate new products and improve business performance. 

The Independent Observer was fortunate enough to interview the wife of the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat – “NTB”) and Chairwoman of the NTB Regional National Crafts Council (Dewan Kerajinan Nasional Daerah – “Dekranasda”), Mrs. Niken Saptarini Widyawati: “Since the NTB hosted the Mandalika MotoGP 2022, we have become inspired to introduce NTB craft product more widely, whether nationally or globally. We have so many products to promote! Our latest innovation involves mother-of-pearl, wherein our artisans carve it with characteristic NTB weaving and batik textile motifs,” she smiled. 


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