Tuesday, January 8, 2008


There are over 75.000 handicraft makers in Yogyakarta Special Province producing everything from key chains furniture. Although the stalls on Jlan Malioboro and in Pasar Beringharjo sell many of these locally made products, day – trips to the villages where the originate provide a look at the workers in action and ajaunt into the countryside, leaving the noise and traffic af Jogja behind.

Chatting with the crafts people and shop owners is also a plus, as is seeing how the village folk live and work. There are no mechanized factories here, just lots of people doing whwt they know how to di with the product available in their areas. An traditional bonus is that money spent goes directly to the villages not to middleman who buy for shops in the city, and prices are lower, too! Many shops sell their goods abroad, so quality is of international standar.

Pasar Seni Gabusan Bantul
A large, modern marketplace set up to display the work of area craftsman : pottery, batik, natural products, stone carving, home furnishing and much more. Across the road is performing arts theater and visual arts exhibitionvenue. Jl. Parangtritis Km 9,5, Bantul. Phone (0274) 367959, 7882049, 7490553; Fax : (0274) 367959, Email :

Manding Leather Handicrafts Village, Sewon – Bantul
Manding villages is located 11 km south of Keraton on the road to Parangtritis beach, many leather craftsmen sell their products in shop lining both side of the main street, such as jackets, shoes, bags, and belts as well as leather accessories like picture frames and home d├ęcor items. If you speak a little Indonesian (or your guide driver does), the friendly shopkeepers might you to see their workshop. Most of the products are made for export to western countries.

Pundong, Bantul
Home workshops produce and sell earthenware pottery : vases, serving dishes, candle holders and other home accessories.

Kasongan Pottery Village, Kasongan – Bantul
Kasongan is located 6 km south of Jogja and produce earthenware as plates, bowls, and home decorations. Visitors can browse in the many shops and showrooms along the main street and see the pottery – making process while chatting with the villagers. On one side of the road, shop are still the old ones carrying the pottery Kasongan was known for before the earthquake of May 2006 : souvenir items as wll as natural crafts (curtains, blind, placemats), stone vases, as well as garden furniture. Many shop on the other side of the road damaged in the earthquake have been rebuilt and now have more designer items : large pots, stone Buddha sculpuures, natural crafts and other goods of export quality. There also lamp shops on this street. There is something for everyone in Kasongan; practicallyeverything you can find in Jogja’s Pasar Beringharjo without crowds.

Sendangsari – Krebet Batik – on – Wood and Wood Carvings Village, Pajangan – Bantul
Sendangsari – Krebet village is located 12 km south of Jogja via Jalan BAntul and produces a variety ao batik – on – wood and carved items, such as wooden mask, jewelry cases, small animals, sculptures and accessories, some with a natural varnish finish and others using a batik finish. Theya are inexpensive and prices vary according to the quality and complexity. Visitors can also participate in making bati – on – wood and wood carvings while staying in area home stays. Bring a guide to translate if you don’t speak Indonesian. Villagers hold a traditional mertibumi village cleansing ceremony every September. Contact Persons : Pondok & Kedai Krebet Homestay, Phone (0274) 7485223, 7455663, 0818260763, or Sanggar Punokawan Pajangan, Pak Putut, Phone (0274) 7481242, 0816685501, 081328821611. Bringing along an Indonesian speaking guide is a good idea.

Giriloyo Batik Village, Imogiri – Bantul
Giriloyo is located 22 km south of Jogja on the road to Imogiri and has its own very uniqe batik style. Visitors may try creating batik tulis (hand – drawn batik) with a canting (the tool used to distribute the wax) and stop in at Joglo Ciptowening Batik Museum, a nice little museum rebuilt after the May 2006 earthquake with funds from Holland. In May 2007, in order to bring attention to their work, Giriloyo villagers conquered a national record for making longest batik in Indonesia, 2.000 meters. Contact ; Phone : Pak Agus Basuki, (0274) 6557238 or Pak Nur Ahmadi, 08175475794. Email :

Wukirsari Leather Pupets Village, Imogiri – Bantul
This village is well – known locally as tatah sunging leather puppets craft center. Yatah sungging is a special technique to make and paint leather puppets on leather.

Bubung Wood Carving Village, Patuk – Gunung Kidul
Bubung village is located 30 km southeast of Jogja. Almost all of the villagers are wood carvers who make masks, loro bonyo (Javanese bridal couples), and ststues. This villages lies on beautiful hill with fresh air. The villagers also friendly Javanese hospitality and classical epic mask dance, a love story about Prince Panji Asmarabangun and Princess dewi Candrakirana. Other interesting sites is Bubung village are Watu Joglo cave, and Mouth Nglanggeran. Contact :
(0274) 7497438 or 081329002837.

Garotan Wrought Iron Making Village, Semanu – Gunung Kidul
Located 25 km north of wonosari or 60 km east of Jogja is Garotan village, well known for its wrought iron makers. They produce beautiful Dutch – style lamps and garden furniture, as well as other ornamental iron works.

Wickerwork Villagers, Sumber Rahayu, Moyudan – Sleman
Located 12 km west of Jogja, hand – woven wickerwork is the main product produced in the following villages. Visitors can learn how to weave simple wickerwork while having a nice chat with villagers. Gamplong wickerwork village, Sumber Rahayu, Moyudan – Sleman. Contact persons : Pak Purwadi or Pak Suryono. Phone : 08164261486, 061328711529. Sangubayu Village, Sumber Rahayu, Moyudan – Sleman. Contact person : Suwardi, Phone : 08164267457.

Antique & Reproduction Furniture, Contemporary Designs
While much of the fine furniture for export is actually made in JEpara, in northern Central Java, many exporters also have workshop in Jogja. There are showrooms in the following areas :
- Jl. Tirto dipuran – old furniture as well as antique, curios and artifacts from throughout Indinesia.
- Jl. Imogiri – 10 or more furniture shops
- Ring Road Utara – workshops and show rooms along both sides of the road.
- On the road to solo past Klaten are many showrooms.

Silver & Gold
Kota Gede, practically a suburb to the south of Jogja is best known for its silver shops, but also produces gold jewelry. Local shoppers advise the small shops located along both sides of Jl. Mondorakan, Kota Gede’s main street.

(From : Jogja AD, 25 Desember 2007 – 7 January 2008)


Eko N. Sudjarwo said...

Hai, blognya bagus, sebagus bahasa Inggris yang punya. :) Salam kenal ya dari sesama pengelola blog tentang Jogja.


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Thank you.
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Beny said...

Hi & salam dari jauh..Blognya keren,gini saya ada minat utk import handicraft dari Jogya ke Sydney, tolong kasih tau dimana saya bisa ketemu & diskusi products & harga langsung dgn sang pembuat. Tks & all the best!!

PT. New said...

We have some collections of teak garden furniture made of solid teak plantation wood grade A only from Indonesia.
Thank you.
Charles Siahaan.

hawkeye said...

Hai blog nya bagus juga, mau gak tukeran link dengan punya saya di jogjamart

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