Thursday, 22 December 2011

Buya sabe : Indonesia's woven cloth from Sulawesi

Indonesia is famous for its diversity of cultures, stretching from Sabang to Merauke. The results of the existing culture is certainly not least in number. If you know the name of batik, ulos, songket, kebaya, that was the result of culture of the country of Indonesia that already known. Have various unique patterns and colors in each works. This time we will introduce you, one more result of culture that is created from the land of sulawesi and that is called woven cloth buya sabe. You can make this woven cloth with silk raw material originally from Sulawesi as a very unique souvenir for you to bringing home.


This woven cloth can be found in Donggala , located approximately 34 miles northeast of Palu. From Palu to the City of Donggala, trip can be reached by using a four-wheeled vehicle with a travel time of about 4.5 hours. Travelers can use public transport from the terminal Donggala to go to the places where craftsmen centers buya sabe woven cloth spread across several areas, including along the Limboro, Salu Bomba, Tosale, Towale and Kolakola. The villages were located to the west of the City of Donggala.

Buya sabe woven cloth is produced traditionally , because the process to make this cloth is traditionally done with equipment that is also traditional. There was less than 100 weavers in every day work. Interestingly, not only middle-aged women aged 50-60 years who became weavers, but also to teenage girls aged 12-20 years. No wonder, if every home residents have at least one loom. In fact, there is one house that has three units of weaving equipment. One of the buya sabe centers located in the Village Limboro. That's what causes the buya sabe weaving tradition is continued sustainable. .

Making Buya sabe weaving is almost the same as making-weaving looms in other areas. Both of the process of yarn dyeing to weaving. Patterns and motifs that are very diverse. In short, there are six types of patterns woven Donggala, namely: garusu (Tembe Donggala), Buya Bomba, Buya sabe , a combination of Bomba and sabe. Among these patterns, Buya sabe Bomba the most difficult, until the execution takes one to two months. Unlike the other patterns that it only takes one to two weeks. Donggala woven cloth pattern also has a very unique and rare, because of his age reaching 200 years. woven cloth commonly known as palaekat can only be found at the residence of the descendants of the kings of Palu.

Kinds and patterns of Buya sabe woven cloth




The difficulties in in the making of woven was also assessed at a great price. Any cloth can be sold up to Rp 600,000, - for the cheapest price of Rp 150,000 and Rp 1,000,000 the most expensive. Because made with hands and require special skills, moreover process was that slow. For this Donggala woven cloth manufacture depends on the size of the cloth it usually takes the most a quick 1-2 weeks to a month. woven cloth made of silk also can not arbitrarily be washed because the rigid texture and slightly rough. Simply by soaking in water alone and should not be a washing machine or brushed.

The fame of this woven cloth is famous all over the country and craftsmen often follow fashion festivals or exhibitions. It also makes it easy for the craftsmen that previously had to go to Palu to sell , are now only waiting for the merchants of the Palu that will buy their woven cloth. If you are interested to see directly, even tried your own weaving with the women of this Donggala just come to the village of Towale because they will be happy to welcome for tourists.

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