BANDUNG - West Java currently has the first thematic mall that will become a gathering place for craftsmen to do business, is the Rupa Rupi Handycraft Market, located on Jl. Ahmad Yani 837-843 Bandung.
Inaugurated by Chairperson of Dekranasda West Java Province Atalia Praratya Kamil, this mall is projected to become a new tourist destination in the city of Bandung.
"I think this can be one thing to support West Java tourism, especially Bandung. Because it turns out that what is presented is also related to the source of raw materials that can support handicraft products, so what is sold is not just finished goods," said Atalia, during the Opening Grand of Rupi Bandung Handicraft Market, Thursday (02/14/19).
According to Atalia, the presence of these thematic malls can make handicraft fans easier when going for item hunting. Because usually when they want to shop, they have to wait for exhibition or exhibition events, so of course this is more practical and can save time.
"So this is our dream together, after all this time carrying out activities are always related to exhibitions or exhibitions to encourage business people in West Java. But now there is a one stop shopping mall that provides all fashion-related needs," she added.
Regarding the West Java Dekranasda building which also provides and sells a variety of West Java specialties, Atalia said that it was not a problem because according to him what was in the Showroom West Java Dekranasda was only a representative of craftsmen from 27 Regencies / Cities, different from those in the mall can participate.
"It doesn't matter, because we need a shared container. Here we can encourage and support craftsmen together so that in the future the process of promoting West Java crafts will be even easier," said Atalia.
Chairperson of the Association of Indonesian Handicraft Exporters and Producers (Asephi) in West Java (West Java), Hedy Yamasari said, of the 369 available tenants, currently around 290 to 300 tenants have been filled. The tenants are filled by craftsmen who support raw materials and crafted materials, which also support SMEs in West Java.
"This thematic mall is an embryo of all our efforts. So according to our intention, starting from this thematic mall, we can go together to penetrate the global market," said Hedy.
"Thank God, around 290 to 300 tenants have been filled. Hopefully we can continue to develop handicrafts in West Java," she hoped.
In addition to the trading process, there will also be frequent workshops or training in the mall relating to handicraft making skills. In addition, here the artisans will be provided with the knowledge of business marketing or other debriefing related to crafts.