Gerungan Village Banyumulek Lombok

Gerungan Village Banyumulek Lombok
Banyumulek is a village located in Kediri district, West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Banyumulek is the center of pottery industry throughout Lombok Island since the 1990s, where 80% of the population is involved in the work. When visiting Banyumulek Village, you will be greeted with a green gate that reads “Banyumulek Pottery Craft Center”. Uniquely, when stepping into the village area, you will see schools and government offices decorated with large pots on the wall fence. So that the impression of the village of pottery will be very thick felt. Simultaneously confirmed that this Banyumulek Village is the center of pottery craft. The village of Banyumulek is slowly becoming known among domestic and foreign tourists as a pottery producer in Lombok Island. Now, a trip to Lombok without the souvenir of Lombok typical as produced by the artisans of this Banyumulek Village obviously feels empty. In the tour packages offered by travel agencies in Lombok, Banyumulek Village is one of the must-visit tourist attractions. What are the advantages of Banyumulek Village? This village is known as a place of pottery artisans to make his work. The 70 to 80s Banyumulek villagers only produce pottery such as jars, and barrels to store rice solely for their own use. In the 90’s assisted by the Government of New Zealand, the pottery craftsmen in Banyumulek began to recognize the techniques of making pottery in a modern way and began to follow the tastes of the market. Now the products of artisans of Banyumulek Village have penetrated outside Lombok and abroad. The work of pottery was varied, not just a barrel. The product is neatly polished to customer’s taste. The burning technique is improved so that Banyumulek pottery products are increasingly hunted by buyers to beautify home page, house contents, hotel and so on. Towards the village of Banyumulek is very easy. Only 14 kilometers from Mataram City, the capital of NTB Province. If you stay in Senggigi area, to reach Banyumulek village takes about 40 minutes by vehicle. In the village of Banyumulek Lombok, making pottery is an ability that is passed down from generation to generation. The expertise is finally able to lift the village economy, even attract visitors to witness and shop pottery in this village. Along the village road you will find many galleries and shops on both sides of the road. Make sure you are not confused to visit which gallery, because of the many galleries that stand in this village. But among the galleries you will find a large gallery. In the big gallery you can find various pottery with a more complete variant. Starting from the size, shape, color, decorative motifs, uniqueness, until a variety of functions. The pottery is of course the result of this pottery work of Banyumulek Village. Some of them are flower vase, egg barrel, various forms of piggy bank, cas gepeng, sour carving sister, lamp shade, wall decoration, and so forth. But you can find a unique pottery product of Banyumulek Village, namely Kendhil Maling. Kendhil this one is quite unique, because it has a design and a different story from kendhil-kendhil usually. Kendhil Maling has a hole in its base. This hole is used to enter water into kendhil. Like the strange way a thief, who does not use the usual path (through the roof or through the window, not through the door) when going into a house. Uniquely, a special design on Kendhil Maling makes water not out of the hole when kendhil is put back. The result of pottery of Banyumulek Village has been penetrated to the international market. For example New Zeland and some countries in Europe. In this village, you can bring home the art with a varied price. Depending on the shape, size, decoration motifs, and difficulty levels during the manufacturing process. In addition to viewing the colorful artwork, you can also learn and participate in the process of making it. You will be surprised at the beginning peroses manufacture of pottery. Because the craftsmen never use a measuring tool to determine the diameter of pottery. In addition, the tools used are fairly simple. Everything is done with heart. So that the penggerajin pottery Banyumulek Village is able to produce quality artwork and amazing. The skill of the connoisseur of Banyumulek Village Lombok is apparently supported by the natural surroundings. Around the village, clay and water are raw materials, very easy to obtain. Similarly, the material pewarnanya. The craftsmen usually use natural dye materials, such as acid seeds cooked first. But today, some craftsmen have also started using bi-made dye materials
sa obtained from a neighboring village. Initially the type of pottery or ceramics produced is used for daily needs, such as a gentong that serves as a place of water, a jug that serves as a place to drink, garbage cans that function for landfills, and others. But over the course of time and the development of tourism on the island of Lombok, there is a shift of values ​​that lead to decorating elements, in the sense that the pottery produced is used for decoration, such as decorating the garden or hotel room or house. Interestingly again in this tourist village, we can see first hand this pottery, starting from the beginning of making clay mixed with water, then stepping on the material that has been mixed, then the dough is in shape and burn it on the straw. If you want to learn the details of making pottery, you can visit some craftsmen open the course for the visitors who want to know in detail the making of this pottery. Almost all tour operators offer banyumulek as a tourist area when tourists visit Lombok. So no one if Banyumulek is a lombok island tourism destinations that must be visited.

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