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   Cultural orientation

On the 8th and 9th of October we, the 2012  University of Pakuan’s Darmasiswa, our cultural orientation days organized by the International Office at University of Pakuan. The students went to different places in Bogor city where traditional Indonesian mercahandises  are produced and manufactured. Beginning with a gong manufacturer, where men work hard to give metal products, the form of  gongs. They  would later become  one of the typical Indonesian music instruments like jenlong, gonang or sarong. The place was smoky and the men  are working under high temperature, as they take turns to hit the metal with heavy hammers.  Up to four men were hitting on a piece of metal.  The students can hear the sound of the hammers hitting the metal in a monotonous rhythm which  might be interpreted as the first melody of a gong still to be born.

Later on, the students also visited a puppet home industry. The house where the puppet fabric lies, is hidden at a small street. There, the students were warmly welcomed with a cup of black tea as they were told about the procedure of making the puppets

which are called wayang golek. The puppets are based on mythical figures from Indonesian tales. Some reflect beauty, others reflect old age, and some others reflect evil. The clothes of the puppets are not less elaborated and fancy as the puppets themselves. Fanciful batik clothes cover the wooden puppets. In West Java,   the puppets are carved out of a soft wood, and afterward are  painted. Because everything is done by hand, it takes approximately one week to complete one single puppet and many months to complete a whole set. The puppet industry produces not only for the Indonesian market, but it also ships to many countries in Europe where people enjoy Indonesian puppet theater.

 

Finally,  on that day the students visited a batik manufacturer, Batik Keris that is a family owned business with 25 workers. When  the workes  were carefully pouring liquid wax on the cotton fabric to give form to the patterns, . the students were explained how the traditional Indonesian textiles, famous for its beautiful colorful patterns, are produced. The patterns are drawn on white cotton fabric with a pencil and afterward  are filled in with dark colored liquid wax using what looks like a a wooden spoon with a metallic peak. It  take weeks, up to months to complete this part of the process, depending on the pattern and the size. The last step, the fabric is dyed in the preferred color and the wax is removed.

Considering the labor of  making gongs, puppets or batik clothes, it is understandable to say that  the procedures always seem to require mainly one ability. It is all about patience. Indonesian traditional products are thus brought to life by creative, patient, skillful hands.

The next day, on October the 9th. The students visited a tea plantation lying in the surroundings of Bogor city. The place has a nice temperature. Besides tasting green and black tea with Indonesian flavor, one can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the cloudy mountains nearby.

 


 

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