HORN craft manufacturers in Pucang Village, Secang Subdistrict of Magelang Regency, now admit how hard to obtain supplies of raw materials, ie water buffalo and cow horns. Whereas, they still have to meet demand from an exporter from Bali Island, whose will send those products to Italy.
By SAHRUDIN, MagelangImages
Craftsmen now have to wait for 2 months just to get a ton of horns. Whereas before, they were able to get a shipment of 2 or 3 tons horns in a month. “It has been difficult now,” Imroni said. Imroni is owner of a horn craft manufacturer in Karang Kulon Hamlet RT 02 RW 06 of Pucang Village.
According to information he received, the supply of buffalo and cow horns drastically dropped due to reduced population of both mammalian. In fact, lower birth rates than the death rate.
“We use only horn of swamp buffalo, and not beef cattle,” Imroni said. Beef cattle’s horn, he explained, is tantamount to a goat or a sheep horn. Beef cattle horn is easily broken and or cracked, because it is relatively small and thin.
During this time, material requirements to Imroni’s horn craft manufacture always met by traders from Jakarta. He buy buffalo horn for 15 thousands rupiahs to 20 thousands rupiahs perkilogram. While cow horns 9 thousands to 12 thousands rupiahs each kilogram. And since the supply from Jakarta decreases, Imroni to order horns from Kalimantan and Sulawesi Islands. “Unfortunately, there are also not many horns I got from those big islands,” he added.
In Kalimantan dan Sulawesi, population of swamp buffaloes and cattle fell sharply due to frequent ceremonial event by local residents using these animals as sacrifices or offerings. From Kalimantan and Sulawesi Islands, Imroni only got half a ton of submissions each month.
Working with ten workers, Imroni make several kinds of horncrafts. Those products include back-scratcher, ladle, jewelry box, comb, bowl, smoking pipe, carved spoon and forks. Through an exporter from Yogyakarta, from 1997 to 2002 Imroni routinely send horncrafts to the Philippines and Japan. It recorded tens millions rupiahs of sales amount in once to send.
But, since the Bali bombing on October 12 2002, almost all importers suddenly canceled orders from Imroni. The cancellation, of course was clearly made Imroni and its workers disappointed. “They made order just a week before the Bali bombing happened. You know, to meet demand from them, we were working day and night. Moreover, where was the relationship between the bomb and horncraft?” he questioned.
Although Imroni now still receiving order from overseas, that is not much. He termed, the export value is only millions rupiahs. Within a certain time period, through an exporter from Bali Island, horn crafts from Karang Kulon Hamlet could be seen at artshops in Italy.
Actually, Imroni inherited the family business from her father, Haji Kumaedi. The horn craft manufacturer had been pioneered since around 1965. In Karang Kulon Hamlet, Haji Kumaedi dan Imroni’s house is easily to find: it is the largest among other homes… [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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