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YUMANA: Building Eco-fiber MSMEs through Ecoprint in Cirebon

BULETIN TEKSTIL.COM/ Jakarta – The pattern of modern human has made development exceedingly exploitative of natural resources and the environment threatens the life on our planet. If this continues, the harmonious ecosystem chain will be disturbed. Economic activities such as production, distribution, and consumption increase greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in decreasing forest areas and the extinction of diverse species and biodiversity.

Because of this occurrence, where the misuse of common property resources occurs due to the lack of a self-generating balancing mechanism that can prevent exploitation. Excessive extraction will certainly result in a variety of pollution and environmental concerns at both the global and local levels. As a result, a way out of the current situation which would undoubtedly harm the sustainability of nature’s natural course is required.

The concept of a green economy is a bridge to the possibilities and concerns that are urgent for the world today, with green economic ideas and ideas for growth, economic development, social justice, as well as being environmentally friendly and saving natural resources.

Green economy, an idea that strives to promote people’s wellbeing and social equality while considerably minimizing the danger of environmental damage, is becoming a topic of worldwide conversation. A green economy can also be defined as reducing carbon dioxide emissions, conserving natural resources, and promoting social justice.

Ecoprint Part of Green Economy Issues

The objective of a green economy is to promote community social welfare and equality while reducing the danger of substantial environmental harm, therefore economic development or economic growth must continue with innovative methods and procedures that are ecologically friendly. As a result, individuals will be increasingly concerned about using ecologically friendly products.

The potential for batik and eco-fiber botanical printing as a sub-sector of the creative economy is currently being highly recognized and deserves consideration since the tools used are very simple and the materials required are readily available in nature. As a result, ecoprint also uses natural dyes from plants, such as leaves, stems, roots, and flowers, as well as motifs and color dyes on fabrics, so that it is not only environmentally friendly but also renewable, because the waste from the ecoprint manufacturing process is used as fertilizer for plants. Similarly, fabric raw materials that employ biodegradable Eco-Fiber would lessen the impact of textile waste. The fabric waste from the ecoprint method is then utilized to make production equipment and also craft photographers.

Yumana is one of the Cirebon Regency-based MSMEs that produces ecoprints. Established by Riska Pramana Putri with a background in Textile Chemistry from STTT Bandung Polytechnic class of 2014, she conducted several research concerns on eco-fiber and also botanical printing from 2017. In 2017, she conducted studies on an early study of manufacturing Cellullose Sponge nonwovens from an eco-fiber firm waste into an ecologically friendly and biodegradable cellulose sponge product. Then in 2021 the research concentration for ecoprint, until the formation of UMKM Yumana with PT Bintang Putri Anjaya.

Yumana collection

The desire for ecoprint development originates from the fact that it is a type of creative economic business that supports the development of small and medium enterprises. In encouraging business development by utilizing the surrounding environment is important because the background of the fashion business is creative, innovative, exclusive, and environmentally friendly, therefore having low impact on the Earth. By utilizing natural resources in the surrounding environment, ecoprint is extremely renewable and sustainable, and it produces no waste since the byproducts of the manufacturing process are used to make plant fertilizers, which are then reused in ecoprints. Based on this, ecoprint is a product worth selling with a high selling price that is both ecologically beneficial and renewable.

Yumana focuses on developing the creative economy into a business that can be developed by the surrounding community, by utilizing the potential of the surrounding environment such as natural resources which can still be used for mediation for ecoprint products, and by utilizing the surrounding environment and surrounding human resources. It is hoped that the development of the economic chain will connected and need each other and benefit.

Yumana Collection

Strengthening the development of the fashion business with Nusantara culture and traditions background requires infrastructure by conducting several pattern and color experiments, to produce Yumana’s own distinctive products. In connection with pattern and color tests, study from the kind of fiber, leaves and leaf color, as well as the exact location of the leaves connected to the fabric, is required, so that there are many designs that are still utilized as the development of additional research. Pattern study will be developed as Yumana’s flagship product.

To strengthen the infrastructure, several things are required such as making a Business Permit Number (NIB) as well as creating a Limited Liability Company (PT) named PT. Bintang Pramana Anjaya who made this business follow regulations for future development. This is expected since it is in the form of MSMEs, and of course it is required for future development such as business collaboration and even investment from relevant institutions.

On marketing side, launching and exhibitions are required in order to introduce products to the public. Utilizing e-commerce where all buying and selling activities or transactions are carried out on the internet. As a first step, Yumana will hold an inaugural Launching and also a workshop that will take place in Cirebon Regency in June. The Yumana Product Catalog can be seen on Instagram @yumana.id, and for orders, please contact our team at e-mail Yumana.idcrb@gmail.com or WhatsApp business number 0817-7029-9566.

(Red B-Teks/Ly – Riska Pramana Putri)

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