KOTA KINABALU: Sabah batik is finally penetrating the international market.
The vision was made possible through the collaboration with Milano Deanoor Management Team who has years of experience in the fashion household.
Yayasan Sabah director cum Innorpise Corporation Sdn Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul in disclosing this, said through the collaboration, they had trained many youths in batik production.
Speaking at the Sabah Batik Crafted for the World International Catwalk Fashion Show 2012 on Monday, he described the event as special as it was evident that vision could indeed be turned into reality.
“The batik showcased are crafted by local talents with the guidance from international designers. This event marks the successful story of this collaboration and we are honoured that internationally acclaimed models will soon be wearing and showcasing the products produced by our local youths,” he said.
Also present at the event were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and wife Datin Seri Faridah Tussin, as well as cabinet ministers.
The batik making course was part of the programmes carried out at Sabah Handicraft Centre in Keningau, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on June 16 this year. Among other courses organised are woodcarving, crystal moulding and sewing.
“Although the centre was only fully operating early this year, we are confident that this event will be the right step in positioning it as a forefront avenue for the development of Sabah’s handicraft industry.
“In doing so and to fulfill the vision of the centre, we will continue to work with reputable handicraft households,” he said.