Balinese beruk crafts offer cultural and economic potential
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) – Beruk Handicrafts made from coconut shells are not only a cultural heritage that must be preserved, but also an economic potential because they enjoy strong demand, both nationally and internationally.
I Gede Suryawan, a yuck craftsman from Banjarangkan, Klungkung district, Bali, who showcased his products at the 44th Bali Arts Festival, which was held from June 12 to July 10, 2022, revealed that many Balinese and tourist accommodation players had order yuck and other handicrafts made from coconut shells.
“In the past, the main function of yuck was a tool for drawing water. However, over time, yuck with modifications could be used as a pot for water, such as for nunas tirta (a religious activity), cups, etc. said Suryawan, who started his business in 1996, in Denpasar on Tuesday.
He also teaches coconut handicrafts in Bali and even in other provinces.
“In Bali, I have already taught in Jembrana, Tabanan and Nusa Penida. The hope is that with more and more people who (do yuck), it will not be difficult when there is an increase in demand. Currently, coconut artisans are still focusing on Klungkung district,” he said.
Before the pandemic, Suryawan said it was also accepting orders from Poland, the Czech Republic, the United States and Japan.
“The majority of foreign (customers) are interested in the bowl shape, the delivery (of products) is around 12,000 to 15,000 pieces per month,” he said.
According to him, making handicrafts from coconut husks does not require expensive equipment, as the tools needed include fiber peelers, a tool for digging the coconuts, sandpaper and a machine for cut the coconut and form patterns.
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