It’s been more than a year since the last major earthquake and tsunami devastated the coastal region, but the industry is still reeling.
The country’s first-ever handicraft shop is opening in Surabaya.
“This is my first time in Suraba, so I was really nervous,” said Dusan Dusany, who works at a handicrafter shop on the outskirts of the city.
“I was worried I would lose my job, but I didn’t think it would be like this,” he said.
He and his wife, Kadeela, opened the shop in May.
It was only the second shop in Surafaya to offer handicraft goods.
It’s a sign that Surabayas recovery is on track.
“We want to give people a chance to see how the industry can change,” said Surabayan president of the Association of Surabyan handicraft shops, Zweli Likwala.
“Many people think the handicraft industry is like a black market, but it’s not.
We are helping people make their livelihoods again,” he added.
A growing demand for handicraft services has led to a boom in the market, which in recent years has attracted international businesses such as Gap, Adidas, Gap USA, Jil Sander, Nike and even the International Olympic Committee.
But many people still feel the pain of the devastating earthquake and flood.
“There is a lot of people who still don’t know how to work.
They still can’t move around or even see the inside of a house,” said Zwelo.
“We are trying to get the business back on track.”
This story was produced by MTV News’ Adnan Sadeghi and is part of the ABC’s Special Report series.