After six years in the Australian limelight for all the wrong reasons, Indonesia is now gallantly determined to win back the hearts and minds of Australians not only as a travel destination but as the source of a wide range of quality merchandise – including high-end jewellery.
With a population of over 250 million, Indonesia boasts a rich artistic and cultural heritage that, due mainly to poor economic conditions, has remained largely unrecognized by the rest of the world. But now, thanks to the country’s strong economic growth in recent years and equally strong business development programs particularly the “the creative economy”, some of the country’s most talented artists and craftsmen are being given the opportunity to make their mark on the world stage.
Mutumanikam Nusantara currently provides help to 150 small businesses manufacturing a diverse range of quality jewellery featuring gold, silver and precious and semi-precious stones – as well as the famed Bali pearls and local stones, wood, and coral.
The organisation’s help for the jewellers includes design development and innovation, quality control, financial support, marketing, legal assistance, training, workshop establishment and displays at international exhibitions including BaselWorld, JCK Show in Vegas, and International Jewellery Tokyo.
Indeed it seems that the time has come for Indonesian jewellery to take its rightful place on the world stage.