Batik has been progressing ever since the Indonesian in- dependence and it continues to develop. The most important development of the second half of the 20th century was its in- corporation in the local fashion industry which had an impact on the region’s textile industry. Nowadays most batik is deco- rated and tailored by machine, but there remains a market for the high-quality, hand drawn batik which is still produced in major producing cites in Indonesia.
Batik has developed to be an important industry that con- tributes considerably to the Indonesian revenue through its export. It is the government target to increase Indonesian non-oil export. Batik is considered as labor intensive indus- try, and according to the data collected from Indonesian Bureau of Statistics, the Minis- try of Industry, and the Indonesian Textile Association, there are around 792,300 people working in the small and medium Batik industries and 5,051 people working in the big batik industries. Up to 2006, there are around 48,300 units of small-scale batik industries, while the big industries are 17 units, so the total numbers of batik industries are amount- ing to 48,317 industrial units.
The export of several Batik products has been increasing since 2003. Export of batik by small-scale industries in 2004 was up to US $ 99,275,000, while in 2005 it increased to US $ 104,500,000 and in 2006 it was US$ 110,000,000.
If we look at the table below, the export of ‘Other bed linen of cotton Batik’ increased from USD 11,793,744 in 2003 to USD 29,975,580 in 2007. Among 8 selected products, this item has been the biggest export earner; it is followed by other products namely ‘Men’s overcoats, Raincoats of cotton Batik’ which reached USD 17,537,494 total export sale in 2007. ‘Women’s overcoats, Raincoats of cotton Batik’ export reached USD 13,959,220 in 2007. In contrast, export of some products are decreasing such as Men’s and Women’s wind cheaters, Women’s trousers and Men’s and boy’s swim wears.