The Creative Village of Jagoi Kindau, the Paradise of Bidayuh Dayak Crafts

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In one of the interiors of West Kalimantan and close to the border of Sarawak, Malaysia, there is a creative village of the Bidayuh Dayak tribe. It is called a creative village because most of its residents, especially women, are rattan woven craftsmen in the form of bags called Juah.

This Creative Village is located in Jagoi Kindau Hamlet, Sekida Village, Jagoi Babang District, Bengkayang Regency, or only 6 kilometers (km) from one of the closest boundary markers between Indonesia and Malaysia.

From the sub-district center, the location of Jagoi Kindau Hamlet is approximately 10 km away, while from the district center it is approximately 3-4 hours by land. The main road to Jagoi Kindau Hamlet is indeed smooth, but when you enter the direction of the village, the road is still damaged and there is no telecommunication signal at all.

In this village there are still several tall wooden houses that are hundreds of years old. Then there are also one or two craftswomen who are making juah bags in front of their house.

“It can be called a creative village because the average craftsman is. The term was proclaimed by our old regent in 2017, because there are indeed many rattan woven craftsmen here,” said Sekida Village Head, Sujianto, recently.

A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe.A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe. Photo: doc. detikcom/Rifkianto Nugroho

He explained that the hamlet of Jagoi Kindau is inhabited by about 140 families, the majority of which are farmers and artisans from juah bags to splints. Not long ago, this village received assistance in the form of a building as a center for juah bag crafts called Sentra IKM Ion Sowa.

Woven Juah Bags Typical of the Bidayuh Dayak Tribe and Its Marketing

Sujianto explained that there are several types of juah bags made and sold by craftsmen. The cheapest price is from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, depending on the size and motif.

“The actual name is juah, the local name. The main name is juah, and there is a size, if the small size is called jumuak, the medium size is called juak Mutuam, the big one is base, the tall one is there, there are various types,” he said.

“In the past, it was used for the community, especially the Jagoi people for fields, taking garden produce, storing rice, that’s what it’s used for. Now because there is a market demand for souvenirs, we make miniatures, these juak miniatures are already varied. It used to be round dominant, now there are the flat one, the small one,” he added.

So far, said Sujianto, juah bags made by craftsmen are more often made still ‘raw’ and sold to Serikin Market, Sarawak, Malaysia. However, since the cross-border post (PLB) was closed due to the pandemic (including the ongoing construction of the Jagoi Babang PLBN), residents began to pursue the domestic market and modify the woven products to be better.

A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe.A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe. Photo: doc. Rinto Heksantoro/secondCentral Java

“We have not been able to meet market demand optimally, once we received an order from the Pontianak Museum for souvenirs, asking for 150, which we got 50. Because that was the raw material, not to mention now, the lovers of this product already know the place here. come here,” he said.

“They went straight to the craftsmen asking for it to be made, so the craftsmen were busy with it. So we didn’t have time for our orders, so there was another price bargaining, so they were more after the higher one,” he added.

He also hopes that the government will help develop the existing infrastructure in Kindau Hamlet, including in the marketing process for the handicrafts of its citizens. For example, in Jagoi Babang, a National Cross-Border Post (PLBN) is currently under construction, which is targeted to be completed in October.

“Hopefully the development of the PLBN will help us, such as marketing our products, later for example, if there is a market there, we will be given a special place for exhibitions, or a place where we can show off our products,” he said.

A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe.A creative village for the Bidayuh Dayak tribe. Photo: doc. detikcom/Rifkianto Nugroho

“Now there is actually a request from outside, it’s just how we send it, that’s what we have to think about. We once asked the Post that shipping costs abroad are expensive, meaning more expensive than the cost of production. So later we hope with the PLBN, it is easier to make shipping costs more efficient, so we can serve consumers there,” he concluded.

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