Bengok Craft and Sentra Jambon Manunggal recently embarked on an exciting collaboration from June 19th to 22nd, 2023. Located in the scenic region of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, this partnership brought together 22 enthusiastic participants at the residence of Mr. Siswo Prajono. The aim was to learn the art of crafting beautiful and sustainable products, specifically bags and sandals made from water hyacinth.

The workshop was not only about creating crafts but also focused on providing participants with valuable business development materials. Technical production training and product standardization sessions were organized by @disdagin_kp, adding a comprehensive and practical dimension to the learning experience. This aspect was crucial to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to develop their craftwork into successful and sustainable businesses.

The collaboration between Bengok Craft and Sentra Jambon Manunggal was made possible through the Special Non-Physical Allocation Funds 2023. Under the sub-activity of Coordination, Synchronization, and Implementation of Industry Empowerment and Community Participation, this initiative aimed to support and empower local artisans and entrepreneurs.

The workshop was a dynamic platform for participants to engage with the art of water hyacinth craft. The versatile nature of this natural resource allowed for the creation of unique and eco-friendly products. Through hands-on training, participants learned various techniques, including weaving and assembling, to bring their creative ideas to life. The workshop fostered an environment of creativity, innovation, and collaboration, allowing participants to learn from one another and exchange ideas.

Not only did the participants acquire new skills and knowledge, but they also gained valuable insights into the business aspect of the craft industry. Understanding the importance of product standardization, quality control, and market positioning is crucial for transforming their craftwork into viable and successful businesses. With the support and guidance provided during the workshop, participants were empowered to take their crafts to the next level and explore opportunities for market expansion and growth.

The collaboration between Bengok Craft and Sentra Jambon Manunggal was a stepping stone towards community development and economic empowerment. By harnessing the potential of water hyacinth as a sustainable raw material, this partnership showcased the creativity and talent within the local community. The participants not only gained practical skills but also found inspiration to continue their entrepreneurial journey.

The Bengok Craft × Sentra Jambon Manunggal collaboration stands as a testament to the potential of community partnerships and the positive outcomes that can be achieved through the combination of creativity, skill-building, and business development.

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