Home industrial domain is not exclusively occupied by men. Women can also participate in it. Among others, the Cepuk and Keling weaving works start to move and pose the hallmark of household handicrafts in Nusa Penida Isles. Motivation is enormously needed because so far the female-run businesses in Nusa Penida can rarely develop flourishingly. Even, there is a tendency if such businesses are stagnant and infrequently go bankrupt. As consequence, women group of Nusa Penida turns traumatic. They are pessimistic to revive their businesses and continue to develop their efforts toward a better condition.
It was revealed by Deputy Regent of Klungkung, Tjok Gede Agung on an occasion in Semarapura. As a matter of fact, Tjok Agung really expected the motivation was given in person by Minister of Women Empowerment of the RI, Linda Gumelar, on the Declaration of Aquatic Conservation Area (KKP) in Nusa Penida recently. Unfortunately, the dreams did not come true because the minister was not present in the event taking place at the Nusa Penida Pier not long ago. Craftswomen have indeed regained a spirit to live their business.
However, they deal with various issues affecting their productivity delayed. It is in contrast to the endek craftsmen in the mainland Klungkung. The major issues faced by artisans in Nusa Penida is a matter of marketing other than lacking of knowledge concerning with design and style as demanded by market. According to Sudiarka Jaya, one of the weaving businessmen, there were two villages remaining to develop cepuk weaving handicraft business with cagcag and ordinary motifs. The two villages were Tanglad and Pejukutan. Craftsmen in both villages utilized non-mechanical loom (ATBM).
The cepuk weaving clothes actually have revived at the moment. However, our craftsmen still have minimal understanding on how to develop their design and motif pursuant to the market demand. Having produced, our craftsmen do not have regular network to market their products,” added Sudiarka Jaya. He did hope that relevant agencies in the Klungkung Regency and Bali Province could give more attentions to overcome the difficulties faced by craftsmen, like a provision of skill trainings.
Meanwhile, the Head of Klungkung Cooperatives, SMEs, Industry and Trade Services, Nengah Becik, said that his party had conducted a regular training for craftsmen. Especially for weaving craftsmen in Nusa Penida, he admitted to have provided training about the use of natural color, where the ingredients of color substance could be obtained at their surrounding area. Currently, there are 12 units of cepuk weaving business implementing cagcag method located at Pejukutan village, plus 20 units of cagcag weaving business and 9 units using non-mechanical loom at Tanglad Village.
A weaver from Karang Gede Hamlet, Tanglad, Ni Wayan Jantes, claimed to have deeply involved in cagcag weaving works as a side job only. Her main livelihood was as a cow breeder. Within a day (about 5 working hours), Jantes admitted to produce one sheet of woven cloth measuring 2 meters. I just work for an employer. For a single sheet of cloth, I receive a payment worth IDR 10,000, she admitted. Meanwhile, the business owner sold the cepuk cloth between IDR 125,000 and IDR 200,000 per piece. It highly depends on the quality, motif and type of cloth. Cagcag weaving cloth is more expensive than the ordinary ones, added Jantes.
source : bali travel news