Jumputan “Lights Up” Thanks to Secang-Gambir Wood

Country/area: Indonesia

Organisation: Sumatera Ekspres

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 29/08/2021

Credit: Rendi Fadillah


 Rendi Fadillah is a journalist for the Sumatra Ekspres daily newspaper (print media) in Palembang. Some of his writings won journalism competitions, including 1st Place in the 2021 Manulife Journalistic Writing Contest. In the field of journalism, he has 14 years of reporting experience, and has covered cases of illegal drilling in Muba, homemade weapons made by craftsmen in Sungai Ceper Village OKI, the people's gold mine in Muratara, the case of tofu formalin, and others.

Project description:

 This journalistic article discusses the spices used as natural dyes in Palembang handicraft products since the Srivijaya era, the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate until now, including sappan wood and gambier which are used to dye Jumputan and Songket fabrics. So far, Indonesian spices are very well known and are usually used as a complementary seasoning for food and drink, or medicinal ingredients. Apart from that, spices can also be used as natural dyes in fabric products.


Impact reached:

 Preserving the use of natural dyes in craft products as an ancestral heritage, educating the use of natural dyes as an effort to preserve nature and the environment, creating environmentally friendly craft products, reducing pollution from chemical dyes which are widely used by craftsmen to produce jumputan, songket, and others. educate the public in producing environmentally friendly products.

Techniques/technologies used:

 The coverage uses a direct interview technique, then the results of the coverage are written into indept news published in the Sumatra Ekspres newspaper, Indonesia.

What was the hardest part of this project?


 The author tries to describe that Jumputan or Songket handicraft products have existed since the days of the Sriwijaya Kingdom and the Palembang Sultanate where at that time coloring only used natural dyes, one of which was from spices. This article deserves to be chosen because it tries to educate the importance of environmentally friendly products, using natural dyes, and avoiding chemical coloring in order to keep nature sustainable and avoid environmental pollution.

What can others learn from this project?

 The importance of providing coverage and education regarding efforts to protect and preserve the environment. Among them is the potential for chemical contamination from the production of craft products.

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