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Artistic helmets to ride safely

2010-05-10 10:53:51 GMT2010-05-10 18:53:51 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The traditional style of printing called batik is second nature in Indonesia's central Java province.

Craftsman Taufik Tarodji has taken his batik skills to a social cause by printing on helmets to encourage safe riding.

(SOUNDBYTE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BATIK CRAFTSMAN, TAUFIK TARODJI: "Batik is not only on wood or cloth. I found an innovative accessory for the youth because they are not interested in batik shirts as they look old fashioned in their perception. I draw batik on helmets and they like it very much."

Taufik's modest home is the workshop where he makes up to four helmets a week.

He applies a base paint and then draws a batik motive on it using the three most popular batik colors-dark brown, indigo and white.

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BATIK HELMET USER SAMSUL ARIFIN: "Because of the batik and this is Pekalongan, it is art and I like it very much and the police seem to like it too."

Police say increased public awareness of road traffic have helped contribute to a decrease in traffic accidents.

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