Friday, 28 September 2007

Menjadi Importir Yang Bermartabat

I like to bring visitors to the National Museum into the Ceramic Room in the National Museum of Jakarta. There are several important items that shows our position in the international trade in the 14th Century.

The design of a terracotta water vessel with the mammary spout was found in Indonesia from the 10th Century. The same design appeared in the Chinese ceramic later on (mostly from the Ming Dynasty of the 14th C).

Chinese ceramics with the Qur'an writing on it also show how the ancestors of Indonesian people were already gained high status as consumers. They ordered the design as well. Now in the 21st Century, we are still consumers of Chinese products but mostly to seek for cheaper price.

I wrote this article to remind people to be creative and to be able to preserve and develop our own design as our cultural heritage.

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