SANGKARAGUNG village in Negara subdistrict is one of the villages having a cag-cag weaving craft as typical product of the Buffalo Race Land. Virtually all the housewives at the hamlet of Sangkaragung have a cag-cag weaving skills inherited from generation to generation.
Some of them involve deeply in the profession through a group, while some others do it independently in their spare time beyond regular duties as a housewife. Amidst the condition where weaving craft works are eroded by modern textile industry, every family at the village remains firmly to preserve the tradition. In the long run, the crafters are faced with a difficult situation where the price of weaving works tends to drop. They are unable to compete against the modern industry.
Formerly, the crafters could reap considerable income from the making of weaving works, but it now tends to decline continuously. It is caused by the price of cag-cag weaving works are not comparable to the price of raw materials and production cost. “Currently, the price is indeed pretty good, at least for an additional side income,” said Ni Luh Wiarni, 41, one of the crafters from the hamlet of Pangkung Gondang.
The matter of expensive raw materials thoroughly affected the crafters. Moreover, most of them were home-based artisans intending to support their domestic economies. In the past, the raw materials were cheap, while the weaving products were expensive. Now, it happened on the contrary.
The crafters dominated by women in the neighborhood also took the job for economic interest. A number of artisans faced difficulty in marketing their products because their motive was different from the ones made by the weaving craft center such as at Dauhwaru. Their weaving products could only be used for sarong and could not be used to make apparel. Most of the cag-cag looms owned by housewives were heritages from generation to generation.
Other than weaving independently, the village also had 11 groups of cag-cag weaving. Unlike the independent weavers, some groups obtained capital injections in the form of loans and yarns. One of them was the Menuh Group with 10 members entirely consisting of housewives. The group established in 2001 had represented Jembrana for several times in national and international competition and exhibition. (BTN/kmb)