Craft Silk in the Sengkang

November 14th, 2010 by Zaenal Arifin | 1 Comment | Filed in Special Tours

A. Brief Information
Wajo is one of regencies in South Sulawesi is known as Bugis silk-producing areas of considerable potential. In this region there are about 4982 people crafters gedokan with total production of about 99,640 gloves per year and crafters Not Weaving Machine Tools (ATBM) totals 227 people with production of about 1.589 million meters of silk per year. Especially for silk yarn spinners as many as 91 people, while 301 heads of families engaged in mulberry cultivation and silkworm maintenance of 4250 pounds with the production of yarn per year.

The crafters silk in this area requires raw materials of silk thread around 200 tonnes or about 200,000 pounds per year. Therefore, the raw material from Wajo not sufficient, then the crafters to purchase materials from neighboring districts like, Soppeng, Sidrap, Enrekang, and even imported from China and Thailand. There are three forms and patterns of silk are produced, namely: semi-finished cloth (like gloves, clothes, and scarves); cloth shaped coil that can be purchased permeter as necessary; and ready to wear clothes (such as: clothes, coat, scarf, fan , wallet, makeup and place equipment.)

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City Of Bats In The Watan Soppeng

November 14th, 2010 by Zaenal Arifin | 2 Comments | Filed in Special Tours

A. Brief Information
Watan Soppeng is one of the most beautiful sub districts in South Sulawesi. This city is so shady for the many trees growing on each side of the streets. Its air is chilly since it locates on a mountainous are which is 200 meters above the sea level.

Lontara Bugis (the ancient manuscript of the Bugis) notes that Soppeng is historically a city of a prosperous and powerful kingdom. There is a palace of the king (Datu) in this housing complex which was built in 1261 C. E by I Latemmamala who was entitled as Petta Bakkae. There are also a number of buildings in the complex, they were: Bola RidiE (Rumah Kuning) which was for storing the attributes of the Soppeng Kingdom; SalassaE which is the ruin of the palace of the Datu; and Menhir Latammapole which was the place to punish those who broke the law of the adat (the customary law). The Jera LompoE and KalokoE Watu, a cemetery, can also be found here. The Jera LompoE is the cemetery of the Kings (Datu) of Soppeng, Luwu and Sidrap in the 17th century. Meanwhile, the tomb of We Tenri Sui, Arung Palakka`s mother, is at KalokoE Watu.

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