In the past decade, earthenware products made by the Banyumulek village community have become well known and have been able to penetrate international markets, such as the United States, Australia, European countries and parts of Asia. The value of the exports has remained stable, despite a few global crises.
However, the lives of the craftspeople never seem to change. From time to time, they are live on the brink of poverty. Their hope of getting patent rights for their work is still a dream that has not materialized.
“Our pottery handicrafts attract interest in almost all corners of the world, but our craftspeople are still poor. We have been fighting for our patent rights for this special craft for a dozen years, yet we have not got them,” the village head of Banyumulek, Fathurrahman, told The Jakarta Post.