Papua Hamadi Market Plays an Important Role in Driving the Economic Wheel of Jayapura City – Hamadi Market in Jayapura is a people market like other traditional markets in big cities. Yet the difference is that this market has an important role in the economic cycle in Jayapura City, especially in terms of ensuring the availability of goods needed by the community.

Visitors to Hamadi Market can also find various kinds of Papuan special foods and several others from various regions in Indonesia such as Manadonese smoked Roa fish, various kinds of East Indonesian sago cakes, as well as a variety of Indonesian traditional ones.

In addition to provide materials for the community’s needs, Hamadi Market also supplies various Papuan art objects, such as koteka, typical Wamena Noken, typical Asmat totem statue, painting of typical Lake Sentani bark, ornaments of Cendrawasih typical of Raja Ampat, leather bags, crocodile skin wallets, pig fangs, cassowary bone knives, shields, and carvings typical of the Papuan tribe.

Most of the typical art items of the tribes in Papua are available in full in this market. Quoted from Indonesia Kaya, Hamadi Market has existed since the Dutch colonial era and has become a trading center for the people of Jayapura to this day.

At that time Papua was still called Hollandia. Hamadi Market is like a miniature of Papua inhabited by almost 250 different tribes.

Odha Masell, an owner of the Jayawijaya Art shop in th shopping complex of Hamadi Market, said that the goods he sells are gained directly from the craftsmen.

The lively National Sports Week (PON) XX October 2021, he admitted, had a positive impact on the sales earnings of art goods in his shop after almost two years of silence due to being hit by COVID-19.

During the last PON XX event, the total turnover from the sale of his art items soared to hundreds of millions of rupiah.

“Visitors from outside Papua usually look for Noken bags, bark bags, pig fangs, and cassowary bones. However, there are also those who buy shields and carvings,” he said, Thursday (4/11/2021).

He also hopes that, at the National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) XVI this time, he can reap the benefits as in the last PON.

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