President Jokowi, Entourage Shop at Noken Market, Imbi Park, Jayapura
Off the agenda, in his working visit to Papua, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his entourage come by the Noken Market, Imbi Park, Jayapura, on Saturday afternoon (13/11/2021).
The President and his entourage who just watched a judo competition during the 16th National Paralympics Games held in Trikora Sports Hall, Jayapura, were initially set to visit Cendrawasih Sports Hall to watch badminton competition. However, when passing the Noken Market, Imbi Park, the President and his entourage stopped by the market.
At the market, President Jokowi and his entourage bought the noken and various Papuan handicrafts. The noken, a Papuan traditional bag made of woven or knotted bark traditionally used to carry items ranging from groceries to babies, has been acknowledged as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage item since 2012. Each village in Papua has its own signature noken.
The ladies who are selling at the market said they were happy since President Jokowi came by and shopped at the market. Moreover, the President’s entourage, including members of Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres), also bought the Papuan traditional bags and used it right away.
Also accompanying President Jokowi in the working visit were Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali, and Minister of Investment/Head of Investment Coordinating Board Bahlil Lahadalia. (Bureau of Press, Media, and Information Affairs of Presidential Secretariat/UN) (AW/MUR)