Location: Jalan Raya Anjun-Plered-Purwakarta, Anjun Village, Kec. Plered, Kab. Purwakarta, West Java 41162
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Open and close: 08.00-18.00
Plered is a sub-district in Purwakarta which has an area of 36.79 km2 with a population of around 54,337 people. The mention is similar to Pleret, a village famous for its ancient museum in Bantul, Yogyakarta.
There are various versions regarding the origin of its name, namely from the period of forced cultivation, where in the past the area was a place for coffee cultivation, the results of which were transported by palered (small cart pulled by buffalo).
The introduction to plantation commodities is made of wooden planks, both carts and wheels. So, even though you go through a muddy road, you won’t get stuck like a normal tire.
The transportation itself went to Cikawao Bandung / Jatiluhur and then brought by raft to Tanjung Priok, along the Citarum River.
The history of this sub-district which has a similar name to the area in Cirebon cannot be separated from the handicrafts that are made, namely ceramics. According to the paper, these items date back to Neolithic times. At that time, many people had come to Cirata via the Citarum River.
After the excavation was carried out, there were found relics of stones, square axes, pots, pots and panjunan (anjun) for making ceramics.
Now, Plered has been known as a cultural tourism zone that offers a variety of clay crafts. Are you curious about the progress?
A brief History
Ceramics have been used as handicrafts from the Dutch colonial era, to be precise in 1795. At that time, in the Citalang area there were lio-lio or media for making bricks and tiles.
Since then, the houses of residents in Plered and Karawang Regency, which were originally roofed with shingles, palm fiber, coconut leaves or reeds have been replaced with roof tiles. Even Anjun Village has started pottery or pottery production.
Then, in 1935, the glazed earthenware in Plered became a home industry. In that same year, a Dutch company opened a similar factory in Warung Kondang, Plered which was named Hendrik De Boa.
Because the residents were involved in the struggle movement during the independence era, the production of ceramics and pottery at that location almost stopped. However, after the transfer of sovereignty at the end of December 1949, conditions gradually improved and industrial activity rose again.
This was marked by the opening of Main Ceramics near Gonggo by Bung Hatta in 1950. The machines were imported from Germany and the factory reached its heyday due to high productivity.
In addition, Parent Ceramics is also instrumental in guiding the home industry to develop rapidly.
From initially making ceramics made from red clay to fill household furniture, in its development it has become a source of income for local residents.
Now, the production of pottery has become their breath. So it is not surprising that this craft is considered a characteristic of Plered District.
This cultural tourism object which is located on Jalan Raya Anjun-Plered-Purwakarta, Anjun Village, Plered District, Purwakarta Regency, West Java has its own charm, especially for collectors of ceramics.
Plered Ceramic Center is always packed with tourists, both on weekdays and the holiday season. There, there are many unique pottery produced by small industrial centers in Anjun, Citeko and Pamoyanan villages. Shapes, designs, colors and sizes vary, from small, medium to large.
The ceramics are seen lining the shops that stand along the street. Starting from the form of furniture to children’s toys that can be used as souvenirs or interesting souvenirs. The selling price offered varies, from IDR 5,000 to hundreds of thousands of rupiah.
Ceramic pots or jars with simple motifs, for example, are only priced at IDR 5,000. Meanwhile, medium sized fruit pots are sold for IDR 6,000-7,000.
Likewise, piggy banks that have a function to put money, starting from animal and fruit models, are in the range of Rp. 8,500.
Apart from admiring the beauty of the craftsmanship at Mulia Plered Ceramics, visitors can also witness the process of making it firsthand.
The pottery originating from Anjun Village is not only marketed in Purwakarta, but also to several other cities, including Jakarta. Some of them were even able to penetrate foreign markets, such as China, the Netherlands and Russia.
Unfortunately, even though it is well known internationally and has an annual production capacity of around 7.2 million pottery and ceramics with a production value of IDR 17,500,000,000, the industry has recently been experiencing a sluggish period, causing an economic downturn.
Moreover, this is coupled with the lack of transfer of the generation of craftsmen because most of the Plered people become factory workers in Purwakarta. UPTD Litbang Ceramics records that there are only 221 industries in the sub-district.
On the other hand, the potential of Mulya Plered Ceramics is very high. Moreover, its location between the cities of Jakarta and Bandung is very easy to reach. In addition, sales that reach overseas have the opportunity to attract foreign tourists to learn to make pottery in Plered.
With the planned development of the tourism sector, the ceramic industry should also be improved, considering that this craft is a history and cultural identity of Purwakarta.
To support it, efforts need to be made to improve and add to infrastructure, such as roads, stations, terminals, homestays, training centers and ceramic sales showrooms in Plered.
In addition, the skills of craftsmen and training of tourist groups and young people in order to preserve local cultural heritage must be improved. In this case, the government needs to strengthen the institutional sector through the provision of capital, both in the form of funds and machines.
It is hoped that with these efforts the socio-cultural and economic sectors of the surrounding community will develop rapidly.
This tourist attraction in Anjun Village should not be missed if you are on vacation in Purwakarta. This is because the Plered Ceramics Center offers a view of glassware produced by the creative hands of local residents.
Visitors can just look around while taking pictures of antique pottery or learn how to make the vacation more enjoyable.