Lankan Batik producers show a new motif to EDB officials (at left) in Colombo

The Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka recently extended its support to batik manufacturers as a part of its initiative to back the country’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

A statement by the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade last week said that the EDB had stepped up moves to stamp ‘Brand Sri Lanka’ in the global Batik map while linking the local manufacturers with top institutional stakeholders.

“Twenty-four leading Lankan SME Batik manufacturers are displaying their samples today to gain access to high-end markets while sharing experience and knowledge with experts in the industry,” Acting Director General, EDB, Himali Jinadasa said.

She said that 327 Lankan Batik makers and firms are presently registered with the government and added that the industry would be larger considering the high number of unregistered makers.

“Sri Lankan Batik products are premium products. Our Batik sector is so good that once Unilever purchased a Lankan made Batik saree for no less than $15000-not rupees but dollars!” said Erik Sooriyasena (leading exporter) and added: “With today’s initiative, we begin a long process of linking Lankan batiks to global market.”