Sunday, June 6, 2010

Legendary Klewer Market

backpacker indonesia : Surakarta or Solo is a single central culture in Central Java. Kraton, Batik, and Pasar Klewer are three things that become the identity of this old city.

Batik tradition that characterized the city of Solo, to this day still passed on from generation to generation. No wonder fame as one of the city of Solo batik producers already well known to the world.

One of the places at the same time Solo batik making center of the largest sales in Solo batik can be found in Pasar Klewer.

Since the 70s Klewer market became the target of the agents from various cities in the country and even neighboring countries to obtain high-quality batik at cheap prices.

At first batik craftsmen and entrepreneurs, mostly from the region and Kauman Laweyan known as kampung batik. They peddle his wares around their homes. But its sales in the long run the place evolved into a community of artisans and trade places.

The name "Klewer" itself, because once the regular merchants displaying merchandise in a dependent batik cloth-hanging or in Javanese language "diklewer-Klewer".

Finally, since the year 1971 even this place known as Pasar Klewer and to this day has never changed its name to another.

Pasar Klewer lies right at the plaza north of the city of Solo with a land area nearly 13 thousand square meters. This market holds more than 3000 traders who speculate every day from daybreak until dusk hits.

Although the concept sale is traditionally a family management, this market transactions every day on average could reach more than 15 billion rupiah.

In this market a variety of batik, ranging from batik cloth with a pattern of ancient and sacred to modern forms such as batik clothes and tablecloths and bed covers that became souvenirs can be found in the city of Solo.

But they are competitive compared to the store or supermarket prices because the buyers here are welcome to bid with the lowest price. All sales process be transparent so that the price was pegged also did not differ much among the sellers. Well ... seems to have no agreement among them, so the competition is also running in a positive way.

As a symbol of the old city of Surakarta, Pasar Klewer also be evidence of the existence of batik history in this city. Batik motifs each picture offered by the merchant to show the era of creativity and the development of batik from day to day according to trends and booming at the time. So if you're good at reading patterns, automatically you will be able to assemble a story from motives which are reflected in a cloth.

Uniqueness, the traders who sell here also is a hereditary generation. They survive because of trade batik market is their search area since the time of their first grandson. No wonder if there is one family who sold in one block.

Inevitably, batik heritage and in fact become collateral for the craftsmen and merchants living in the Pasar Klewer Batik. This is evidence of a legacy that can overshadow the lives of future generations.

Got Cirebon Factory "Yacht" and "Cruiser"

backpacker indonesia : Starting in 2010, in Port of Cirebon will be found new yachts and cruisers, which produced PT Maxim Marine Indonesia. Fishing vessel and a mini cruise is manufactured to meet the demand for domestic and overseas markets.

President Director of PT Maxime Marine Indonesia (MMI) Sadayuki Ito said, Wednesday (04/28/2010), the manufacturer is the first factory in Indonesia to create a mini cruise ship. The size of cruise ships are made from 38 feet to 70 feet. The whole production is located in Cirebon, even 60 percent of its raw materials from Indonesia.

"Our market segment is indeed the consumers in the United States, Australia, China, Europe, and Japan. But, do not close also for domestic consumers, especially fishing vessels," said Sadayuki after launching two mini cruise ship size 65 feet.

For a cruiser, the selling price reached USD 14 billion. Price was much more expensive because of the interior, engine, and installed more sophisticated designs. However, for fishing vessels 16 meters in length, valued USD 1 billion.

According Sadayuki, ship engineer, to make one vessel is needed 3-4 months, depending on the number of workers and consumers desired order model. For manufacturers, yacht production capacity of 6 units per year, and for a cruiser four units per year.

Produced a mini cruise ships and fishing in Cirebon is expected to enhance economic activities in Indonesia. Therefore, Sadayuki said, he will promote their products to the Government of Indonesia and the region.

Waterfalls Enchantment Kedung Kayang

backpacker indonesia : Ketep Pass near attractions, there are natural attractions not least she exclaimed. His name Kedung Kayang Waterfall, dear presence attractions are still a few people who know about it because not optimally managed.

Kayang Waterfall situated in Village Wonolelo, Sawangan District, Magelang District. But some people consider this waterfall entrance area Boyolali. Fair enough because of its location directly adjacent to the Boyolali.

Entering the area attractions are just a simple gate, and many people think it is the road to the township. Gate attractions are included on a nearby street and there turn lane to the location of camping grounds.

As far as 100 meters down the road and parked the vehicle, we can not necessarily see the beautiful waterfall from a distance. We had to walk as far as 200 meters into the cliff to see waterfalls Kedung Kayang scenery from above.

Kayang Kedung Waterfall is one of the places through which the Borobudur Tour Line-Selo-Solo (SBB). Which has a waterfall about 30 meters high is still natural and not spelled out on a large-scale exploitation.

To go to the bottom of the waterfall, we have to travel as far as 1km rotate through rice fields and watersheds. On the way we found a cave with a small size of Japan and a half meters high. The visitors could only see the mouth of the cave because the cave is very difficult to enter the cave that is therein was mostly mud and very narrow.

Travel down the cliff we go through with the down hundreds of stairs that later turned into a dirt road. This dirt road is barely passable with decreasing field, slippery, and we must be good at choosing the road impassable.

A tiring journey to reach the bottom of the waterfall with natural beauty paid emitted by this waterfall. The sound of the swift water that falls from a height seemed to make sense of peace accompanied by the sound of chirping birds numerous in the surrounding area.