The Story of a Successful Coconut Shell craftman in Kampung Batok Tanjungsari Blitar City
Kampung Batok Tanjungsari. The unique aesthetic handicraft from Blitar Indonesia. Tanjungsari coconut shell village is located in Tanjungsari, Sukorej
The place is known as the village of coconut shell handicrafts. Various handicrafts made from waste shell or coconut shell were produced in the village.
Ismarofi (43) was arguably one of the leaders who made the Tanjungsari coconut shell Village or Kampung Batok Tanjungsari the Batok village as a well-known place.
The father of two children was the first pioneered making shell handycrafts in the environment. Now, shell handycraft is one of the superior products in the city.
"When I started this business, I just thought I wanted to make a craft giving benefits the surrounding community," said Rofi at his home, RT 2 RW 9, Tanjungsari Village, Sukorejo District, Blitar East Java.
Rofi made his house as a place for producing various kinds of shell handmade. The area was from the backyard of the house to the terrace of the house. There was a number of workers were making crafts made from shells.
Behind the house, you could see one worker cutting the shell into small pieces. On the side yard, workers were lacquering and drying half-finished crafts. On the terrace of the side and front of the house, there are some women were arranging shells into bags.
He mentioned, "I had several types of handicrafts from shells, but the main ones were craft bags made from shells," .
Rofi began to producing coconut shell craft since 1999. He used capital Rp 2 million in debt to bought tools such as saws and drills to start and made shell bags. For more than three months, he learned how to cut and drill shells so they could be assembled into bags.
Rofi learned to make self-taught shell craft. His experience as a carpenter became the capital of polishing shell waste into crafts of high artistic value. At that time, he worked on the shell craft by himself.