Kidul, a new handicraft village in Yogyakarta
Kampung Keparakan Kidul, Keparakan
village was inaugurated as ‘desa wisata
kerajinan’ or handicraft tourism village
by Yogyakarta Mayor Herry Zudianto on Thursday.
Head of Industry, Trade and
Agricultural Cooperatives Office, Heru Warjaka
Priya explained, the village has population of
2500 inhabitants with 30 units of small and medium-sized
handicraft home industries, which have absorbed
approximately 160 local workers. “Six business
units produce bag, and the rest are producing
batik and accessories," he explained.
Heru added 60 percent of products
marketed in Yogyakarta and surrounding areas.
While 35% of them have been marketed up to the
Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, and Sulawesi. "Five
percent of the market up to foreign countries,
including Japan and Korea," he added.
To support the existence of
this village, government provides aid equipment,
including seven cutting machines, 30 sewing machines,
50 workshop, and 20 road signs. Meanwhile, managerial
training and arrangement of space is also given
to about 100 workers.
While Heru Zudianto hope this
craft village area may be part of the privilege
of Yogya, and can be one of the icons of Yogyakarta
tourism. He acknowledged, small and medium industries
have proven more resilient high, when the economic
crisis in Indonesia occurred.
"We hope this village can
continue to grow, with the concept of 'what to
see', 'what to eat', and 'what to buy'. Hopefully,
the crafts village is also supporting the existence
of XT Square later."