Bali managed to earn foreign exchange of 7.42 million U.S. dollars from the export of small -scale household industries made of bamboo for 10 months, from January to October 2013.
“The Foreign exchange declined 35.26 percent over the same period in the previous year which reached 11.47 million U.S. dollars,” said Head of Public Relations of Bali Provincial Government I Ketut Teneng in Denpasar, on Tuesday.
However, he said, in terms of shipments volume of valuable commodities, it rose 30.24 percent from 4.74 million units in the period January-October 2012 to 6.17 million units in the same period in 2013.
The condition showed the results of various types of souvenirs made from bamboo by the hands of skillful Balinese craftsmen, gets cheaper per unit for the overseas market.
Ketut Teneng explained that the handicraft made of bamboo was one of the 17 types of small industrial and home handicraft, which were successfully marketed to foreign countries.
Bamboo crafts could only contributed 1.86 percent of total exports amounted to 398.75 million U.S. dollars.
KetutTeneng said that the bamboo handicrafts combined with crafts made of rattan in various forms, among others, newspapers rack, baskets, conical hats, wallets and various types of unique and interesting souvenirs.
In addition to reach the export market, traders were also displayed the commodities in a number of tourism objects.
Exports of handicrafts made of bamboo, at most brought to Singapore, 23.69 percent, 18.74 percent to Hong Kong, Australia 12.64 percent, and Germany 3.34 percent.