Inacraft 2013 ☆ Jakarta, Indonesia

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I cannot believe that it’s been a year since the Inacraft 2013 and I was still in Jakarta a year ago. It feels like a life time ago when we lived in Jakarta. Sometimes, posts I meant to publish sooner and worked so hard get pushed to the side and buried under other posts by the ones with higher priorities. This post is one of them. I started working on my Inacraft post, edited, created collages with photos and uploaded them, but it sat in my draft file for nearly a year.

If you are around my blog, you might have noticed that I have not been around this past week. The reason is my computer crashed. It had been working abnormally slow in the recent past, so I knew it was imminent. My friend on Facebook said something right on point. Computers have a lifespan and hard drives would eventually die. Thus, you have to back up your precious files. I’m not new to crashes and I had learned a hard way in the past, so this time I did make backups. What a relief!

Especially for expats who move frequently from one country to another, backing up files is critical. It takes a toll on any computers with the physical move, change of voltage, different environmental factors such as climate, dust, humidity, and so forth. I did not realize until now why our computers in the past had not lasted as long as some others, but it totally makes sense.

Anyways, while I wait for my computer to work again in the future, I wanted to post at least Friday Finds and I looked at my draft file. There I found the Inacraft post draft. I decided to finish this and publish it. How can I write even though I don’t have my computer? I am writing on our old crippled computer with missing keys because of my son who removed them. It’s not easy to type on, but it is our life saver as my husband’s computer also crashed in the same week. Yes, it’s one of those weeks.


What’s Inacraft? You can check out Inacraft website for details, but in short it is a biggest handicraft trade show for gifts and housewares in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can find any crafts you can imagine from all over Indonesia in one place and it’s like an amusement park. It is something that needs to be on a bucket list of those expats in Jakarta before leaving.

As I am writing this post, I learn that the 16th Inacraft in 2014 is happening in Jakarta right now this week between April 23 and 27, 2014. Believe it or not, my decision to post this now happened with a mere coincidence because of the unavailability of my computer to edit photos due to its crash. There is always a reason for something to happen, isn’t there?

Thanks to my friend, Anita, I went to Inacraft in 2013. Thank you, Anita! I was very busy at this time a year ago as I was trying to get as much done before the end of our tour in Jakarta coming in less than 2 months. You know, the rush you get before leaving any place for good “oh my gosh, I might not get to buy, eat, or see this ever once I leave!” I am so glad with the decision to go to Inacraft when Anita asked even though it crossed my mind that I could spend the time to do something else.

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interior + furniture design
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Inacraft was amazing and fun! What I feature here is just one corner of Inacraft. There is so much more to this trade show.

You just have to see it.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photos from last year in 2013. They give me a shopping bug!

Happy Shopping!


  1. Oxana Koliada says

    I went to Inacraft yesterday. It was unbelievable! Indonesians in my eyes are the most talented people when it comes to make something beautiful by hands. Going there again today!

  2. says

    Hi Kaho, what great timming for this post. My wife went with a friend to the current Inacraft 2014. She said this time around, there are mostly Batik booths, few ceramics, furniture and other stuff. Just to let your other readers a heads up :)

  3. padmaja says

    Kaho i went to InaCraft 2014 on sunday the last day of the show what a mad crowd. Everything was on sale. I bought a Candle black colour buddha head and a aluminium tree from solaris shop. few other knick knacks. I am madly in love with Inacraft. I love Indonesians cos they are both naturally talented people in Arts and humble with a smiling face.

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Inacraft 2014!!! How lucky of you! I didn’t know that things would be on sale on the last day! That is nice! Thanks for sharing!

  4. padmaja says

    Yes So many batik stores. it was like at times i felt like walking into the JTC market or the wholesale batik market.

  5. says

    Hello kaho! :) Thank you for your post about our product cotton ball light in your website :)
    We are lightcraft Indonesia who produce that cotton ball light :)
    are you going to inacraft 2015? We will glad to see you there ^^

    • Kaho says

      Thank you for leaving me a comment on my post! I loved your booth when I visited in 2013!! I wish I could come back, but I now live in India, so it’s a bit far!!! I miss Inacraft!!!!!

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