BESUT (Bernama): Batik and songket entrepreneurs in the country are advised to be wiser in setting more reasonable and competitive prices for their products, says Tourism, Arts and Culture minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.
“If the price of one piece of local batik or songket is equal to the price of a Proton Saga, I too would, of course, look for something cheaper.
“We have to remember that not everyone can afford to purchase expensive batik or songket,” he told Bernama after meeting with approximately 100 Besut craftsmen at Desa Ukiran Kayu here Monday (Feb 4).
He said there were complaints from batik and songket enthusiasts that the price of the fabric was too costly, adding that this caused them to opt for cheaper and more affordable, if not fake, batik and songket from other countries.
Meanwhile, Mohammadin also called on more government departments and agencies to support craft industry players by installing carvings in their new buildings.
“However, this does not mean all existing government buildings have to have carved doors or windows... it's only for new buildings.
"Maybe we can start with the department buildings under my ministry,” he added. - Bernama