FCS UB was Involved in Batik Training in Noenoni, Timor Tengah Selatan
On the National Batik Day, on October 2, 2018, Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang, with its Doctoral Service (Doktor Mengabdi) Program in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Trade of Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS), held batik training in Noenoni Village, Oenino District. This activity lasted for five days from the first to fifth of October 2018, at the Noebaun Bethel Church.
The Head of Cooperatives, Industry and Trade Department opened this training on Monday, October 1 2018 at 1 p.m. In his speech, He said that batik training was a realization of the collaboration between the Regional Government of TTS and UB in an effort to develop batik in TTS, which had always been imported or ordered from Java. It was hoped that this training would increase the economic income of Noenoni residents, especially homemakers, and generally TTS residents because batik has a potential market share; it was used as uniforms of government employees, school uniforms, community members, and foreign or domestic tourists who visit TTS.
This five-day activities were guided by Practitioners, who are also the Owners of Batik Gandring Malang, Syaiyuri, started from pattern drawing techniques, sticking, coloring, and post-production to very practical ways. After the training, Noenoni people could start forming an independent Batik business group in Noenoni under the coordination of the head of village with the guidance of the Cooperatives, Industry and Trade Department of TTS.
Doktor Mengabdi UB, represented by Syariful Muttaqin, MA, a lecturer at Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) UB, said that this activity was as a form of community service to the people of UB through the Doktor Mengabdi. It is to improve the creative economy of the TTS community in order to change the mindset of society from looking for work, to create jobs in their respective areas, as well as to improve community welfare.
The Head of Noenoni Village was very committed to build the community’s economy by moving the people to take part in the TTS typical batik training. He hoped this training would create a field of work for children who finish or drop out of school and mothers of productive age so that they were able to help the family economy. With increasing income, the family would be able to provide improved nutrition and healthy food for the family and help with the cost of education for children up to high school, or even to college.
UB facilitated this training by providing all equipment from written batik, stamped batik, and jumput batik with the hope that after this training the community could immediately form a group of the first batik artisans in TTS. A training participant, Mrs. Yayuk, hoped that after this training there would be a home industry to be able to become a source of family income to improve the family’s health.
Source: Syariful Muttaqin, M.A