Monday, 12 April 2010

PASAR SENI GABUSAN/GABUSAN ART MARKET YOGYAKARTA INDONESIA



Pasar Seni Gabusan or the Gabusan Art Market developed by the Local Government of Bantul, is a convenient market that is provide by the local government for micro as well as small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) of Bantul who are dealing with silver and bronze craft, batiks, hand woven materials, wood crafts, leather and various other handcrafters material that has highest local cultural value.
The price of almost all of the handmade goods here are achievable even for low incomer and it is also possible to bargain.
Although a little bit bushy and lack of visitors, the cleanliness of the art market is manageable, as one can see from its toilet facilities that are quite clean and enough in number.
It is questionable, if people are hesitant to shop in this place. Seemed that the local government of Bantul should cooperate more with travel agents, so that more foreign and domestic tourists would shop, and this beautiful place would not be left in vain.
I myself have bought a lot of handicrafts in this Gabusan Art Market. A piece of cotton batik materials with the Alure design as wore by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, is cost only for IDR 25,000.-/piece*, whereas the one made of derby material is IDR 65,000.-/piece; original painted batik of derby material is IDR 105,000.-/piece, two layer design bronze brogue for “kebaya”** cost only IDR 100,000.-and a passport holder made of fish leather (stingray leather)priced only for IDR 140,000.-.
If you want to buy souvenirs and various other small gifts or tokens for the invitees in a wedding party, here is the appropriate place to shop.
The Gabusan Art Market is close to leather handicraft centre “Manding”and also near by the ceramic craft centre “Kasongan”.
There are many small yet clean restaurants or vendors offered reasonable price of foods and beverage along the way of these three handicrafts centers. For those who want to buy goods in a bulk, almost all of the SMEs could serve you with proper packing and mailing, some of them even already served the export market.
Your trip to Jogjakarta will not be complete if you are not visiting these three places. So please try!

Pasar Seni Gabusan yang dibuat oleh Pemerintah Daerah Bantulan, merupakan pasar yang asri yang disediakan bagi Usaha Mikro Kecil Menegah para pengrajin batik, pengrajin tenunan, perak, perunggu kayu ukir, kulit dan barbagai barang hasil kerajinan lainnya yang mempunyai nilai seni budaya yang sangat tinggi.
Harga barang-barang seni disini hampir seluruhnya dapat terjangkau oleh masyarakat yang berpenghasilan rendah sekalipun dan dapat ditawar.
Walau sedikit mulai bersemak dan kurang pengunjung, tetapi kebersihan pasar seni ini cukup terjaga, dapat terlihat dari fasilitas toiletnya yang cukup banyak dan bersih.
Sangat mengherankan, apabila banyak orang yang enggan berbelanja disini. Tampaknya, Pemerintah Daerah Bantul harus lebih banyak bekerjasama dengan agen-agen perjalanan wisata, agar banyak wisatawan asing maupun domestik berbelanja disini, sehingga tempat yang asri ini tidak akan sia-sia.
Saya sendiri cukup banyak berbelanja di Pasar Seni Gabusan ini.
Kain batik bahan kemeja katun seperti disain Alure yang dipakai oleh Kepala Negara RI hanya saya beli dengan harga Rp 25.000,-/lembar, sedangkan yang dari bahan Derby Rp 65.000,-/lembar; kain batik tulis asli bahan Derby cukup untuk satu kemeja hanya berharga Rp 105.000,-; bross untuk kebaya dari bahan perunggu yang terdiri dari dua rangkai hanya berharga Rp. 100.000,-/buah dan dompet untuk tempat paspor dari bahan kulit pari hanya berharga Rp. 140.000,- perbuah.
Apabila anda hendak membeli souvenir dan berbagai hadiah kecil bila akan mengadakan pesta perkawinan; disinilah tempat yang tepat untuk berbelanja.
Pasar Seni Gabusan, sangat dekat dengan Pusat Kerajinan Kulit "Manding", dekat juga dengan Pusat Kerajinan keramik atau gerabah "Kasongan". Banyak pula warung-warung makanan yang bersih serta murah meriah disepanjang jalan ke pusat-pusat kerajinan tersebut. Bagi mereka yang ingin membeli dalam partai besar, hampir seluruh Usaha Mikro Kecil Menengah tersebut dapat melakukan pengepakan dan pengiriman, sebagian malah sudah melayani pasar ekspor.
Perjalanan ke Yogyakarta tidak akan lengkap tanpa mengunjungi tempat ini. Silahkan mencoba.


*US$ 1 = IDR 9000.- One piece is about 2.50 m length and 1.10 width)
**“kebaya” (Indonesian national dress).

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