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When Jepara Carving in Foreign Hand

Supriyono 43 unwillingly made holes in the carved wood with a chisel at the verandah Not far from his seat were some sets of dusted chairs a table and small cupboard For more than three months those pieces of teak furniture were untouched Such furniture used to be at the house not more than

Oleh ADITYA P PERDANA and WINARTO HERUSANSONO
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German buyers have a close look at furniture stored at the warehouse of PT Presiden Firniture, Jepara regency, Central Java, Tuesday (21/3). Ahead of summer, demand for teak furniture from a number of countries in Europe rises. Jepara is one of the largest centers of the furniture and carving industry in Indonesia.

Supriyono, 43, unwillingly made holes in the carved wood with a chisel at the verandah. Not far from his seat were some sets of dusted chairs, a table and small cupboard. For more than three months those pieces of teak furniture were untouched. “Such furniture used to be at the house not more than a week. Now, those pieces of furniture do not attract buyers either from outside city or overseas,” said the craftsman in Krapyak village, Tahunan district, Jepara regency, Central Java.

Supriyono does not produce furniture if there is no demand. The slow business forced him to employ only one worker. Three years ago, he employed three assistants.

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