1. Silver at Kota Gede
The area called Kota Gede is the old part of the city and is internationally known for its fine silver craft. A number of shops, factories and workshops are sited here, located inside heritage buildings that once were homes of merchants and aristocrats, defined by their stylish architecture of the past. Visitors are welcome to see and learn the art of silversmithing.
A number of places will give you the opportunity to make your very own signature jewelry. Observe up close and personal how silver bars are transformed into delicate beautiful works of art full of details. The finished products include handmade accessories, such as necklaces, brooches, pendants, bracelets and earrings, but also miniature souvenirs, silver cast sculptures, silver trays and complete tea set, as well as beautiful silver handbags, made with filigree technique.
Yogya silver can be distinguished by its burning technique that emphasizes the relief between black shadows and sparkling silver fronts. You will find that shopping for silver in Kota Gede offers better deals than elsewhere in Yogyakarta.
2. The making of ceramic at Kasongan Village
Kasongan village used to be just an ordinary village that you can find around Yogyakarta but it has now become a tourist destination all its own. Today, Kasongan represents one of the biggest local producers of ceramic handicrafts in Yogyakarta.
Most of its inhabitants work on pottery for household and kitchenware. Original designed products made with artistic sensitivity and natural craftsmanship has thrust Kasongan into a tourism area of local pottery. A collaboration of talented artisans, arts observers, merchants, tourists, with government support has helped the village to rise up and perform global business throughout the world.
More modern home decor, such as carved stone tiles, ceramic vases, plates and sculptures are some of the specialties favored by visitors.
3. Batik Beringharjo
Beringharjo is the largest traditional marketplace that is simply worth a visit while in Yogyakarta. Historically, the name Beringharjo was given by the late Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII. “Bering” came from the origin of its place which was at first a banyan (Beringin) forest, while “Harjo” expresses the hope that this place will bring prosperity to the people. The main entrance of Beringharjo Market is on the west side directly facing Malioboro Street.
On the entrance gate, visitors can read the name Beringharjo Market, ‘PASAR BERINGHARJO’, written in roman and Javanese letters. Vendors here sell goods ranging from basic daily needs (meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices) to many kinds of handicraft such as batik, souvenirs, toys and artworks. Visitors are encouraged to bargain.
The building is divided into zones. On the first level, you will see the north side entrance, with at its western side are vendors selling fruits, vegetables, and delicious traditional delicacies. The rest of the market offers a wide range of good quality batiks at reasonable prices, perfect for souvenirs. On the next floor, are a number of shops selling Javanese herbs and spices, such as tamarind, temulawak, ginger, cinnamon and much more.
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