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WEAVING TOURISM, Bandar Kediri Ikat Weaving Preservation Facility

BULETIN TEKSTIL.COM/ Jakarta -The weaving tour in question is a shopping tour combined with weaving instruction, so don’t expect that there are games like in Dufan after reading the title. This excursion is available in the weaving community of Bandar Kidul, just north of GOR Jayabaya Kediri is where you may find it.

The owner of a Medali Mas weaving business in Bandar Kidul, Siti Ruqoyah, purposefully allowed the public to visit her business. Anyone who purchases weaving from him will also be able to watch the procedure in action. Even so, feel free to give it a try. The goal is to deliver knowledge benefits to individuals who are interested in studying, in addition to drawing in customers.

“Many people, after trying weaving, end up coming back to learn how to weave until they can,” stated Siti Ruqoyah.

Numerous educational institutions, ranging from primary to higher education, have seized the chance to arrange field trips to observe the weaving techniques.

There have also been a number of visitors from Malaysia, Taiwan, and other countries. The majority of them are from places other than Kediri, such Madura, Probolinggo, Mojokerto, etc. Berau Regency residents are the ones who have now confirmed that they will be attending the internship shortly.

This company was established in 1989 and sells weaving equipment in addition to information. The local carpenters can already perform this basic weaving machine. In this manner, participants can take their equipment home with them following the weaving instruction. so they may instantly put their knowledge into practice and produce at the same time when they come home.

It is hoped that by making these efforts, the weaving culture will also be preserved. The current generation, which is accustomed to a digital and instantaneous culture, would not be interested in learning to weave if this were not the case. Particularly when using the labor-intensive manual weaving method, which demands perseverance.

There are fourteen steps involved in organizing threads into woven cloth, strand by strand. In order to prepare it for weaving, among other things, begin by tying threads to create motifs, dying colors, and so forth. This procedure takes a lot of time.

How interested is the neighborhood in weaving activities? Siti responded to this query by saying, “Contest. Several individuals apply to become weavers each time we get a new loom.”

As an aside, one of Kediri City’s best-selling items is ikat weaving, which is centered in the area where she lives. The fact that so many people are skilled weavers is not surprising. When they witness weaving equipment being installed, they will be able to determine when a weaver position will become available. From then on, they serve as a sort of “home” where weavers can use their new equipment.

At the moment, Siti has about 70 weavers. “For the people here, whenever they want to learn to weave, we will teach them directly,” she said. It is his desire that by passing on weaving skills to the locals, his hometown would remain a center for weaving.

It was also at this period that she carried out regeneration in his own company, which she founded in 1989. Each of his children has launched a store of their own. They both promote the same brand, Medali Mas.

Customers will take longer to find if you have to start your own brand, Siti said, adding that her kids occasionally make live sales on internet platforms. “This way they will act as marketing,” she added.

Siti claimed that her weaving business was unaffected by the ongoing rivalry among textile companies, particularly with regard to low-cost items that are purchased and sold online. “They also have their own market segment,” she continued, mentioning that one of his children had also started a clothing company. “We have our own market segment.” They continue to receive an overwhelming amount of orders, even feel overwhelmed occasionally.

Siti grinned and responded, “In that market, people selling fruit are also lined up, no problem,” when asked about competition from other weavers in her industry. Similarly, vendors offering getuk and more market delicacies are arranged in a single row. It’s interesting to note that more and more people are actually selling. Fortune-related issues won’t be mixed up.”

She views the other weavers in his community as collaborators. Not an opponent. She gives the orders to local weavers whenever he receives an excessive amount of them. The materials and motifs, of course.

Regarding supplies, Siti claims that it has continued to use materials from the same supplier since its beginnings. “We subscribe to importers who bring in yarn materials from India,” she stated.

The caliber of our weaving is well known to our clients. For instance, they once purchased a Goyor sarong online or in a store, but it wasn’t the same as this homemade Goyor sarong. She stated, “They say that sarongs purchased online are easily torn,” and that’s why her clients at Medali Mas kept coming back.

Why go for Indian raw materials in the shape of thread? Siti responded to this query by saying, “There are, in fact, locally produced goods with nearly identical quality. But if you purchase through a factory, you have to purchase a minimum of one container. Our typical demand for a production is now about 50 kg.”

As a result, they continue to subscribe to Indian importers until this day. The company has not had any problems obtaining raw materials in decades.

Weaving Medali Mas is a company that weaves silk and cotton textiles. He claims that every thread is imported from India.

In addition to trading fabrics with different motifs, Medali Mas also offers woven clothes, including blouses and shirts, sarongs, and many supplementary fashion accessories like shoes and bags.

Despite never having exported, this organization has welcomed several overseas visitors from places like Malaysia and Taiwan. Siti stated that her goods were frequently carried to exhibitions overseas. “Many migrant workers and migrant workers buy our weaving as souvenirs for their bosses there,” Siti remarked. She laughed and continued, “But the owner has never been invited to an exhibition abroad.”

(Red B-Teks/ Ratna Devi)

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