The value of Bali’s ceramic exports in the first quarter of 2011 was US$909,732, a hefty increase compared $396,799 in the same period last year.
“But in terms of volumes, Bali’s ceramic exports dropped 21 percent,” Bali government spokesman I Ketut Teneng said.
He said Bali’s ceramic products – ranging from household items to furniture ornamentations – were competitive and favoured by consumers in overseas markets.
Teneng said that besides ceramics, Bali’s woven-handicraft exports reached $875,979 in the January-April 2011 period, an increase of 120 percent compared to the first four months of last year.
“The foreign-exchange revenue was for the shipment of 645,892 pieces of handicrafts in those four months, up by 59.94 percent compared to 403,823 pieces in the same period last year,” said.
He said the significant increase in terms of volume and market value, and an improvement in creativity of handicraft workers, had attracted foreign buyers.
The foreign-exchange earnings from the shipment of similar commodities in 2010 was $1.53 million, a decline of almost 24 percent compared to last year’s $2.42 million.
But in the last five years revenue from the export of handicraft products dropped by an average of 1.37 percent.