Discarded coconut shells turned into pieces of art as carefully selected participants worked with an Indonesian trainer to hone their skills at coconut craft. Drs. Fransiskus Xaverius Supriyono was hired by FRIEND through the Indonesian Embassy to conduct a two week workshop to develop local products for the craft market. FRIEND IGP Manager Nileshni Sekar says there is increasing demand for genuine local handicraft as the tourism market grows. “FRIEND’s reputation of delivering 100% local products has seen a number of dealers willing to take on merchandise of quality local products through their esteemed outlets.”


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June 29, 2012

Takitaki Issue 6