An Australian Research Fellow wore Bengok Slippers and taking pic together with Firman Setyaji, the owner of Bengok Craft
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The Bengok Craft Workshop is an educational tourism option that is popular with many groups, such as foreigners who are part of a student research team from the Faculty of Public Health, Diponegoro University (UNDIP) Semarang.

It was seen that on Wednesday, 30 November 2022, they were very enthusiastic about participating in the Bengok Craft Workshop, one of the educational tours offered by Bengok Craft. Bengok Craft as a community empowerment-based business that processes water hyacinth into various crafts, not only produces or sells water hyacinth crafts, but also wishes to share knowledge about the characteristics of water hyacinth and its application in crafts through the Bengok Craft Workshop.

Taking place at Darungan Kesongo Culture, the participants from the research team started a series of workshop activities by showing the Bengok Craft documentary video, then continued with the presentation of material on how to make water hyacinth by the Bengok Craft team, namely Firman Setyaji and Astaria Eka Santi.

Afterwards, the students, including foreigners, had the opportunity to directly practice making water hyacinth. The students were seen cleaning and flattening the dried water hyacinth.

In the end, these students were able to make water hyacinth into useful items, such as bracelets, key chains, and books and memos.

The crafts they create can also be brought home as their souvenirs.

After making their own creations, the students were invited by the Bengok Craft team to explore the rice fields surrounding the workshop. There, it could be seen that they really admire its natural beauty, there is also Rawa Pening around the rice fields which is quite a feast for their glances. While gazing at its beauty, they also had the opportunity to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

Some of them were also seen riding traditional boats on the swamp.

After being satisfied with the sights of God’s creation, they returned to Daringan and closed with a group photo. They also had the opportunity to purchase other water hyacinth creations from Bengok Craft as souvenirs, especially for foreigners before returning to their countries.

Participating in the Bengok Craft Workshop is certainly an unforgettable experience for these Australians considering that this opportunity is rare in their country. Being able to practice directly making water hyacinth crafts while accompanied by stunning views makes a story in itself for them.

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