Nothing Goes to Waste: Horn and Bone Handicrafts

Seas of buffalo horns @ “Tanduk Pratama” horn crafts manufacturer in Pucang Village, Secang District, Magelang Regency in the Province of Central Java.

Pile of buffalo horn @ “Tanduk Pratama” horn crafts manufacturer in Pucang Village, Secang District, Magelang Regency in the Province of Central Java.

By: Sahrudinalwaysmagelang@gmail.com

EXPORT opportunity for horn and bone crafts actually still wide open. Continuing demand for the handicrafts come from the Philippines, Brazil, the United States, Japan and Italy.

“But we don’t send the crafts abroad by ourselves”, said Saadah, owner of “Tanduk Pratama” horn crafts manufacturer in Pucang Village, Secang District, Magelang Regency in the Province of Central Java. Bali Island-based export trading companies help her and other producers to find overseas buyers and provide them with other pertinent market information.

Disposing of unnecessary.

Disposing of unnecessary.

Over the last few years, horn and bone handicrafts manufacturers in Pucang Village have concentrated on their efforts on meeting the demand from those countries. Handicrafts exported to the overseas usually in the forms of horn combs, buttons, tips and toggles and cutlery.

A process of heating and compressing the horn until they become soft and can be shaped easily.

A process of heating and compressing the horn until they become soft and can be shaped easily.

She obtains buffalo horn for handicrafts from Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Sumbawa islands, whereas buffalo bone from Kudus Regency also in the Province of Central Java. The raw material prices can range from IDR 20,000 to more than IDR 80,000 per kilogram, depending on thickness.

Nothing goes to waste! Horn and bone by-products were recycled into poultry feeds and fertilizer.

Nothing goes to waste! Horn and bone by-products were recycled into poultry feeds and fertilizer.

While horn and bone handicrafts exported to foreign countries markets, their by-products were sold to several poultry feed factories in Central Java and recycled into animal feeds. Horn and bone secondary results were also reprocessed into fertilizer.

“Nothing goes to waste. We also make money about IDR 1,000 to 1,500 per kilogram from selling horn and bone by-products”, said Saadah.

Now she has at least 70 local workers. About 40 employees are stay-at-home moms who work out of their homes, allowing them to earn money and care for their children.***

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