The Jayapura City Government in collaboration with the Indonesia Natural Dye Institute (INDI) of Gajah Mada University (UGM) and CV Karui carried out a workshop on the potential development of dyes and textiles in Jayapura City with participants from the Jayapura City PKK TP, DWP and Jayapura City GOW, Monday (19 / 19). 9). Chairman of the TP PKK Jayapura City, Mrs. Maria Y, Gobay Pekey admitted that this activity was a collaboration between INDI UGM and the Jayapura City Government which involved all TP PKK, GOW, DWP organizations as well as several women working for SMEs under the guidance of Disperindagkop in batik making.
Through this activity, it is hoped that it can motivate and empower mothers to take advantage of this business opportunity to improve the family's economy, especially this activity is very important. Because, it is friendly to the environment, because the results from saws made of merbau wood or its waste can be used for natural dyes. In addition, the dregs as a natural dye can be used as fuel as well.
"Before we practice in doing coloring for this batik cloth, we have previously been given theory in advance to understand before practicing and I am very grateful because this training workshop is very useful and helps us and this is the first time this collaboration has been carried out," he explained.
The coordinator of the INDI UGM Research Group Professor Dr. Ir.Edia Rahayu Ningsih, M.Si, IPU said, INDI is a dye research group at UGM that has conducted research and community service for the manufacture of natural dyes, starting from identifying plants that have the potential to become natural dyes and making dyes, and have applied them to
community and this has become the UGM INDI Movement which is systematized from upstream to downstream with the aim of healthy Indonesia, a healthy generation and sovereign Indonesia in natural dyes.
“We chose Papua, because Papua has very potential plants to be used as natural dyes, one of which is merbau wood waste which has been dumped, polluting the environment. In fact, if natural dyes are made, they are very beautiful and can produce several color choices, depending on the natural ingredients that are mixed and this is not harmful to the body,'' he explained.
Therefore, with this training workshop, it is hoped that it can provide knowledge and learning for mothers who want to make a batik or clothing business using natural plant dyes from merbau waste because it can last for years, there is no chemical mixture so that safe in manufacture and when used, as well as many color choices, little capital so that it can provide a higher economic value.