Pottery has been used by humans since thousands of years ago. History records, this thing has existed since the Neolithic era when humans began to live settle,grow crops, and knew the fire. In Lombok, the tradition of pottery making in the village we can see Banyumulek.
Village Banyumulek location in the District of Kediri, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia. The crafters of men and women generally worked in the warehouse, garage, or yard. In the rooms short-sighted that they produce a variety of pottery which is then exported to developed countries such New Zealand, Netherlands, France, and America.
The process of making pottery can be witnessed anyone. A number of large workshop classes even open for visitors who want to learn the techniques of manufacture. Among the villagers, the expertise to make pottery is typically inherited through blood lines.Children learn it from young age.
Within a day, a senior craftsman can produce 10 small earthenware as high as 4-5 centimeters. Tenacity and patience to be key in producing high quality products.
Method for making pottery is actually quite simple. Initially, raw materials such as clay(purchased for 150 thousand per sack small), sand, and water is mixed into the dough. How to mix similar to the process of making tempeh: trampled dough together by workers until all the material mixed. Jobs that suck power is usually done by men. In the next stage, the dough is shaped into pottery, and then burned in the hay. This latter process is generally the responsibility of women.
But an important note, this village was not the only producer of pottery in Lombok.Village Penunjak and Masbagik are two other economic engines that routinelycontribute to foreign exchange for the island.
Competition encourages each village to develop distinctive designs and motifs. Along the main road in Banyumulek standing stores that sell pottery with the theme of flora andfauna. The form was mixed. There is a pot, jeding, pots, and jugs thief that characterizes Banyumulek.
A size of 50 centimeters jar wrapped in batik motifs priced at Rp700 thousand by the seller. Prices are reasonable considering making process takes three days motive. The most expensive pottery can penetrate the number of Rp1, 5 million. Souvenirs that appeal to you who visit Lombok.