Made In Indonesia

Living on the other side of the world from my homeland Indonesia, I get this weird feeling of satisfaction every time we purchase something with "Made In Indonesia" printed on it. In fact, I'm kind of obsessed with such products. The only place I could find the rare Indonesian-made products (other than food and woodcrafts) seems to be thrift stores, which we happen to visit often. So far I've picked up two pairs of shorts (the most comfortable pairs of shorts ever), a number of Fuji 35mm point-and-shoot cameras (just for the fact that they were made in Indonesia), a pair of Nike sandals, and a pair of Reebok running shoes from various thrift stores.

Actually, I didn't realise that the Nike sandals and the Reebok shoes were made in Indonesia until we got home. It made me think of all the poor Indonesian sweatshop workers who assembled them. The only thing that makes me feel better is the fact that we bought them used (no money going to Nike and Reebok and some might even go to charities), and also the fact that at least when I'm wearing the sandals or the shoes, I'll be thinking of the country where they came from.

Yeah, I know my justification sounds kind of lame, but really, I only picked them up because they were the only pairs I could find at the time that were comfortable, fit my big feet perfectly, looked as good as new, and, of course, cheap. You wouldn't be able to get them cheap brand new. And I can guarantee that if I had to buy shoes brand new, I'd only pick up a pair from a brand with an unheard of sweatshop reputation. They're usually more affordable anyway. And I wouldn't feel guilty wearing them.


  1. Cakruk
    April 6, 2007

    Good I like indone­sian

  2. yunita
    April 10, 2007

    Just got same as you yes­ter­day . My Adi­das bought 3 years ago in Sin­ga­pore noticed were fab­rique en indone­sie… what a joke

  3. Susi
    April 10, 2007

    Beka, miss you some­time.

  4. tya
    April 14, 2007

    FYI, reebok cloth­ing fac­to­ry was some­where in Cimahi (near Ban­dung. Peo­ple in Cimahi resist­ed to be called Ban­dung cit­i­zen, but the fact is that Cimahi is too small to be called ‘a town’). But I’m not sure wheter Reebok still con­tract that com­pa­ny or not. A lot of Reebok/Adidas/whatever prod­ucts that are being sold in ‘Fac­to­ry out­let’ in Ban­dung are reject­ed prod­ucts (ex-tri­al prod­ucts or not for export).

  5. gadiez
    April 19, 2007

    Blog­walk­ing after­noon, u blog is nice site. my name is gadis from indone­sia, I want to invite u vis­it my blog, I hope exchange link :D

  6. dannie
    October 2, 2007

    dear,how are you have any con­tacts of any sup­pli­ers in indone­sia ‚who sales apparell,thanks

  7. Pedro Romero
    September 15, 2009

    quiero con­tac­tarme con algun vende­dor de indone­sia de zap­atil­las nike espero su respues­ta des­de ya muchas gra­ci­as salu­da atte
    Pedro Romero


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