The National news agency Antara reports that Bali is becoming the focus point for the growing demand for earthenware produced in Bali, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara and Central Java. Bali exporters of earthenware report strong demand for their products from buyers in Italy, France, Japan, Australia and the United States.
The Antara report quotes a local exporter in Bali, Mulyadi, as saying that most of the earthenware handicrafts are exported via Bali seaport of Benoa.
The Bali Department of Trade and Industry estimates that Bali's earthenware export earnings increased 60% during the first quarter of 2005 totaling some US$1.5 million.
Strongest demand is reported for earthenware bowls and used in gardens ponds and for flowerpots.
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