Hamadi Market Papua: Moving the Economic Wheel of Jayapura City

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PAPUADAILY –Hamadi Market in Jayapura is a people’s market like other traditional markets in big cities. However, this market has an important role in the rotation of the economy in Jayapura City, because it ensures the availability of goods for the community.

Visitors to Hamadi Market can also find various types of Papuan specialties and several other regional specialties in Indonesia such as Manadonese smoked Roa fish, various kinds of East Indonesian sago cakes, as well as a variety of Indonesian traditional cakes.

In addition to providing materials for the community’s needs, Hamadi Market also provides 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 art items typical 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 Jayapura community 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 the Pasar Hamadi shopping complex, said that the goods he sells are obtained directly from the craftsmen.

He admitted that the XX National Sports Week (PON) event in October 2021 had a positive impact on the sales turnover 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). Quoted by InfoPublik.id.

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