Lacking Tenun Gadod Craftsmen, IPB University KKN-T Students Conduct Workshop

Tenun gadod, a traditional weaving technique, is one of cultural attractions of Nunuk Baru Village, Majalengka Regency, West Java. Usually, tenun gadod is used to make shawls, traditional baby slings (karembong), and boeh (a traditional cloth). Tenun gadod uses pure cotton, which is planted by the locals themselves. However, the amounts of raw materials and human resources are not in line with the rising demand of the market.

Out of eight tenun gadod craftsmen, the active ones are only four people, all of which are elderly. The lack of government’s attention, innovation, contribution of the village’s youths and the elderly age of the craftsmen are the factor of the slow growth of tenun gadod. The longer generation chain also makes the tenun technique even rarer. Looking at that condition, IPB University themed community service (KKN-T) participants had an initiative to conduct a tenun gadod workshop as an attempt to preserve the culture exclusive to Nunuk Baru Village.

The tenun gadod workshop is one of the programs made by the collaboration of IPB University and Majalengka University KKN-T participants. The workshop is targeted to the village’s youths. It was participated by elementary school (SD) students to high school (SMA) students. The aim of this event is to ensure the continuation of tenun gadod, give it an added value, and to make it known by the young generation.

The workshop encompassed spinning raw cotton into threads. The creation of tenun cloth requires a long time because there are steps that have to be done. There are seven steps, i.e. mallet, nglawayan, mihane, nyeksrek, nyurupkeun, ngaliarkeun, and nenun. “Each of the process of tenun gadod has a certain philosophical value about life,” said Mak Maya, one of tenun gadod craftsmen. (Ard)

Published Date : 20-Aug-2019

Resource Person : Mak Maya

Keyword : KKN-T, IPB University students, innovation