Indonesia Elected as Chairman of the ASEAN Handicraft Development Association

​​​This chairmanship of  Indonesia has been decided in The Symposium on Cultural Identity in the ASEAN Handicraft Products and Workshop on Arts and Crafts: The Heritage of ASEAN, in SACICT - The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, Bang Sai Ayutthaya, on 23-28 June 2015. Indonesia took the chairmanship during the years 2015-2017, replacing Thailand who previously had led for five years.

The event was officially opened by Mrs. Apiradee Tantraporn, Deputy Commerce Minister and is followed by a keynote speech by Dr. Savitri Suwansathit, the expert staff of the Ministry of Culture of Thailand. The purpose of this cultural event is to preserve the existence of traditional textiles from all ASEAN countries, providing a forum to strengthen networks among ASEAN countries, increase capacity and as a venue for exchanging information about their own countries. To make use of this opportunity, Indonesia sent representatives consisting of experts and development actors of batik, songket and other traditional crafts.

Two experts from Indonesia honored to be given the opportunity to convey two scientific presentations, they are Dr. Ahadiat Joedawinata from Bandung Institute of Technology who presented a paper titled-Plenary Lecture: Evolution of Basketries in Rice Culture and Dr. Mariah Waworuntu who presented a paper titled Indonesian Batik Textiles: Identitty, Symbolism and Textile Communication (Batik). Indonesia is the only country who got two presentation opportunities, while the other ASEAN countries only get one time.
At the workshop session on Arts and Crafts, Indonesia had the honor to introduce the techniques of  Indonesian’s woven (Indonesian basketries) by artist Juliana Yunita Kancak, and a workshop about Identity and Development of Indonesian Textiles: Batik and Songket by Zahir Widadi (batik) and Zainal Arifin Husin (songket). This symposium and workshop event primarily embraced the academic activities, discussions, workshops, exhibitions and bazaars. The overall number of visitors was estimated 1,000 people, who came from all ASEAN countries and ASEAN countries-partners.