Getting to know the Jepara troso woven fabric


Travel Blog Indonesia – The city of Jepara, apart from being famous for its carvings to foreign countries, is also famous for its beautiful beaches. Call it Kartini Beach, Bandengan Beach and Karimun Jawa which are worldwide. But it turns out that one has forgotten.

Apart from all the tourist attractions above, Jepara City is also famous for its traditional woven cloth, namely Troso. Intrigued by Troso Woven fabric? Honestly, I was curious after finding a shirt from Tenun troso among the rows of batik clothes at a famous mall in Jakarta. So yesterday’s long vacation when we were playing in Jepara I took the time to look at this weaving center in its center, namely Troso Jepara.

We happened to go to Jepara by car by land. But for those who are busy and don’t have much time, they can go to Jepara by plane from Jakarta and get off at A.Yani Airport, Semarang. The city of Jepara is a two-hour drive by car or travel from Semarang.

Troso is the name of a village in the Pecangaan sub-district, Jepara Regency. This village is where the Troso Ikat Weaving community is located. Actually Troso weaving is a gedok weaving technique and then, over a long period of time, developed into ikat weaving. However, the people of Jepara Regency & its surroundings are more familiar with the term “Tenun Troso”.

The way of making Troso Weaving is quite complicated. Starting from the arrangement of the threads that are arranged neatly in a row called ngeteng plangkan. The neatly arranged threads are then linked to a plangkan or a series of wooden boxes called nali or tie the motif with raffia. Next is the arrangement of the motifs and the giving of the motifs to the threads to be woven. Then the weaving process uses traditional tools or non-machine weaving tools.

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Various motifs of Troso Weaving such as Silk Weaving, Rangrang Weaving, Knitting Weaving, Endek Weaving, Skaf Weaving and Kalimantan Motif Weaving and others are found in the biggest weaving shop in Troso that we visited. The price per sheet of cloth varies from 135 thousand rupiah to 500 thousand for cotton and 500 thousand to 3 million for silk. The price of the Troso woven cloth is more expensive than printed batik because the Troso weaving is made using a non-machine loom (ATBM). The price of the shirt is of course more expensive than the price of the fabric.

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Colorful Woven Troso (dock: private)

Take a look at the woven fabrics below. Is it colorful? I feel like getting bought up. Hihi… Unfortunately the money is limited. So only father and two krucils got the clothes. I myself just enjoy the beauty of this Troso Tenun and capture it with a smartphone camera. Hope to someday be able to Troso again and bring one of these beautiful fabrics on display.

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The fabrics are beautiful (doc: personal)

These Troso Woven fabrics are well known throughout the country. Marketing has reached outside Jepara and even in big cities outside Java. Several employees were seen packing sheets of cloth to be sent out of the area.

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It seems the krucils duo can’t wait to try their new Troso Weaving outfit. Even though they hadn’t been washed, they were wearing their woven clothes when we went to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta the next day. Let us take part in preserving the nation’s culture and advancing SMEs by using domestic products. Hopefully the Troso Ikat Weaving will continue to advance.

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Originally posted 2019-11-09 20:24:25.

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