ICRA 2018 Exhibition ‘Invaded’ by Visitors

The exhibition of craft products and interior products by Indonesian craftsmen, Interior & Craft (ICRA) was used as an event to gain rupiah. One of them was felt by craftsmen from Sorong City, West Papua who opened a booth with the support of the Sorong City Industry Office.

As reported by, since the first day of opening on Wednesday (12/9), the Sorong City Government booth was never empty of visitors. Frederica Jitmau, the coach of the Sorong City Industry Department’s craftsmen said the craftsmen were able to get a turnover of Rp. 7 million per day.

“Products offered vary from noken, wood carving, tifa, arrows, koteka, wall hangings and more. Prices offered start from IDR 150,000 to IDR 5 million, “Frederica Jitmau told at the ICRA 2018 exhibition site at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on Thursday night (09/13/2018).

Sangking best-selling, the booth which was once filled with typical Papuan crafts little by little began to look empty. Even most of the handicrafts that have high value have been sold out by visitors.

Made with precision and time process

Various crafts by Sorong City craftsmen, Papua. (Photo: Baskoro Dien)

Frederica said, the handicraft products displayed this time were handicrafts of craftsmen who were assisted by the Department of Industry of Sorong City. In total there are 10 selected craftsmen whose work is on display at the ICRA 2018 exhibition this time.

The number of handicrafts displayed by the Perindustrain Office of Sorong City cannot be separated from the recognition of Noken as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. “Incredible since it was founded as a world heritage, the craftsmen are increasingly active in preserving culture. Even on Thursday, the Sorong people specifically used Papuan batik clothes with noken bags,” Frederica said.

Besides being used by the local community, their handicraft products are also on display and sold at transit ports, airports, central markets, public places, and tourist posts such as Jayapura, Wamena, etc.

According to Frederica, noken craft was originally used by the Papuan people for a traditional party, then developed into a place to bring gardening materials, to date it has been used for various purposes.

The original noken, according to him, is made from wood fiber and requires a work process that is not short. For small size can be one month, while the large size may require a lead time of 3-6 months, because the wood fiber material taken from the forest. (bas)


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