Lombok’s natural wealth is well known throughout the world. The beauty of its beaches, mountains, and sea can invite many tourists to visit here. Lombok is known for its natural beauty, from beaches to caves.
Apart from its natural beauty, it turns out that Lombok has another interesting resource. One of the beautiful places in Lombok that must-visit is the pottery center in Banyumulek, West Lombok.
The Banyumulek Village, which is the largest pottery production center in Lombok. Pottery made from clay can be processed into items that are very useful and beautiful. This area is indeed famous for its pottery obligations.
Its name is familiar to most of the people of the Thousand Mosques Island.
The majority of the eleven thousand people who live in this 4-hectare village are pottery craftsmen.
Banyumulek Village is chosen by the local government as a location for the development of a regional innovation system, so, nowadays, Banyumulek is one of the tourist villages that is currently being developed by the Lombok regional government.
Pottery from this village is able to penetrate international markets, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, America, and several countries in Europe.
Banyumulek Village is located on Kediri street, Lobar Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. From the Mataram area, it can be reached in approximately 20 minutes.
After entering Banyumulek Village, visitors will be greeted by a gate that is the entrance to the village. The words “Banyumulek Pottery Craft Center” decorate the green gate.
Visiting Banyumulek Village, visitors are not only treated with a beautiful array of pottery. Visitors can also see firsthand how the clay is processed into pottery with unique designs with beautiful colors. The hands of craftsmen who are so skilled at wrestling with clay to produce artistic art objects are an interesting sight when visiting this village. In fact, visitors can also try making pottery.
History of the pottery center in Banyumulek
In past, the people of Banyumelek Village made pottery to fulfill their daily needs. Jugs, barrels, and cooking utensils are types of pottery that are made. Pottery craft is ingrained in the people of Banyumulek Village of Lombok.
But, over time, the pottery that was made became more and more diverse. Various ornaments and room decorators are preferred to design by them. The skill of making pottery was taught from an early age. Girls were taught how to turn clay into pottery, while boys were taught to find clay and do the finishing stages.
The impact on the economy
The making of pottery has a positive impact on the village economy because the pottery produced by the Banyumulek traditional village is not only in its various forms but also in colors. The resulting color is very beautiful and has its own characteristics.
The price of pottery is determined by the complexity of the design and the length of the production process. The price is quite affordable, starting from IDR 30,000 to IDR 100,000.
There is no doubt about the quality, some have even been exported to New Zealand.
That’s a little review about the pottery crafts in Banyumulek Village, West Lombok.
Don’t forget to come here if you are visiting Lombok.