Credit: personal Bengok Craft

On 21 January 2022, the representative of the Banjarsari Kulon Progo village visited Bengok Craft. Taking place at Daringan Kesongo Culture, Tuntang, the management met with the Founder and Co-Founder of Bengok Craft, namely Firman Setyaji and Astaria Eka Santi to discuss opportunities. The opportunity in question is cooperation in the tourism sector.

This collaboration is by synergizing the Polobogo Tourism Village with Kesongo Village. Polobogo tourism village is an agriculture-based tourism village by optimizing the potential of its natural products, such as durian, lemon and other fruits. Meanwhile, Kesongo village has tourism potential in the field of edu tours, namely educational tours about water hyacinth crafts industry. The Head of Kesongo Village hopes that in the future the collaboration will become even closer. His party believes that the collaboration of the two parties could further improve the local economy of the surrounding community. Apart from that, Kesongo would also take turns visiting the Polobogo tourism village some time in the future to conduct a comparative study as well.

In addition to joint discussions, workshops were also held on how to make water hyacinth crafts. Participants from Polobogo village were very enthusiastic about starting the workshop from start to finish. The participants first watched the documentary video Bengok Craft, which tells the story of Bengok Craft’s journey in starting a social enterprise from the beginning to the present day.

The participants also had the opportunity to directly practice making water hyacinth crafts. The team from Bengok Craft also helped guide the participants about the steps. The creations made by the participants were Bengok Slippers with various variations/models, such as flip flops, selop, and wiro.

The results of the craft can be brought home as a special souvenir.

Before returning home, the Bengok Craft Workshop participants had the opportunity to go around Rawa Pening using a traditional boat. They directly observed water hyacinth which is used as the main ingredient for making Bengok Crafts. They also seemed to enjoy the beauty of Rawa Pening which is surrounded by rice fields and mountains.

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