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Klipoh, under the radar pottery village in Magelang

Stefanus Ajie

The Jakarta Post

Magelang, Central Java  /  Thu, March 16, 2017  /  04:48 pm
  • Pottery clay is molded and dried before being burned in the wood-fire kiln.

    Pottery clay is molded and dried before being burned in the wood-fire kiln.  OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Pottery clay is molded and dried before being burned in the wood-fire kiln.

  • Klipoh resident Sian shared that she had been making pottery since she was little.

    Klipoh resident Sian shared that she had been making pottery since she was little. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Klipoh resident Sian shared that she had been making pottery since she was little.

  • Klipoh's men are in charge of the firing process.

    Klipoh's men are in charge of the firing process. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Klipoh's men are in charge of the firing process.

  • A woman is busy making a pottery in the house yard.

    A woman is busy making a pottery in the house yard. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    A woman is busy making a pottery in the house yard.

  • Some souvenirs from Klipoh village.

    Some souvenirs from Klipoh village. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Some souvenirs from Klipoh village.

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Located 5-kilometers from Borobudur temple, Klipoh is a small village in Karanganyar regency, Magelang, Central Java.

Nestled within Menoreh Hill and paddy, it is recognized as a village that produces pottery. Reliefs carved in Borobudur displaying a pottery-making process, suggest Klipoh existed since the ninth century.

Eighty percent of the villagers currently make pottery for a living. The pottery-making skills are passed on from generation to generation.

A local, Sian, shared that she had been making pottery since she was little after learning the skill from her mother.

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A day in the life of Klipoh residents revolves around the wet clay. The women are responsible for making and drying the pottery, while the men are in charge of the firing process.

The villagers offer a wide array of pottery, such as cuwek (small plate) and lemper (big plate), kendi (jug), anglo (furnace) and kendil (pot). These items are sold to the merchants across Magelang, Temanggung and Wonosobo at prices starting from Rp 1,000 (less than US$1).

As a center of pottery, Klipoh also offers a pottery class for visitors. (jes/kes)

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