Keparakan Village, Leather Craft Center in Yogyakarta City
In the area of Yogyakarta there are a number of villages that became the center of handicraft industry worth your visit while in this Gudeg city.One of them is Kampung Kepajinan Industri Keparakan.This village became the center of leather crafts in Yogyakarta City.So no wonder most of the population works as a bag maker, jacket, belt, and leather sandals.
One among the citizens of Keparakan who became leather craftsmen is Seed.Residents who live in MG I / 637 RT 35 RW 08 Keparakan Lor, Mergasan produces leather bags and sells his works to Malioboro market and Beringharjo market.Cow leather handbags for women and men Production Seeds are priced starting at Rp 250 thousand.
Not only produce bags, Seeds also make the other leather belt is sold from the price of Rp 80 thousand to Rp 200 thousand, and a leather wallet for Rp 125 thousand."If there is a direct buy here also can Minimum order 6 pieces of bags with the same pattern," said Bibit.
Seeds also opened the services of leather jackets. It's just because the price of expensive raw materials, leather jackets are only made when there is an order."If the raw material of leather jacket with sheep skin, the price is more expensive, leather jacket I sell from the price of Rp 1 million to Rp 1.5 million," he said.
To meet the needs of the skin, the craftsmen keparakan bring skin from Magetan.In addition to Seeds, other craftsmen in the Village of Craft Industries Keparakan is Subandi.The Subandi workshop is located at RT 58 RW 10 Keparakan Lor. Bandi produces 100 pairs of slippers every day.
"These sandals are sold in Malioboro, some other cities that order sandals from here are Bekasi, Surabaya and Jakarta," he explained.Leather and vinyl leather sandals are sold from Rp 10 thousand to Rp 15 thousand per pair.If you want to buy directly at Bandi workshop, visitors are charged minimum purchase of sandals as many as 5 pairs.
Meanwhile, Budi Wahyuno, the former Chairman of RW 13, witnessed the history of Village Kepajinan Industri Keparakan ."Inauguration of industrial kampong around the year 2006-2007," he explained.Government Department of Culture gives appreciation Keparakan citizens who have the skills as a leather craftsman.Embedding the name of the industrial village is a form of government support that participates in moving the economy wheel in keparakan.
"If one day the commitment of the citizens is mature, keparakan not only can become an industrial center, but also a tourist village, with one of its assets is Code River," said Budi.
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