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SMI Holds Ecoprint Handicraft Training in West Jakarta, Improves Women's Empowerment

PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) showed support for increasing women's empowerment by holding Ecoprint Craft Training at the Bina Karya Harapan Mulia Protection Social Home, Kedoya, West Jakarta, DKI Jakarta.

Head of the Social Empowerment Division of the DKI Jakarta Social Service, Susi Dwi Harini, hopes that this activity will be integrated with other programs for orphanages in DKI Jakarta.

Head of the SMI Corporate Secretariat Division, Ramona Harimurti, added that the program is in partnership with the Inspiras Anak Bangsa Foundation and involves SMI employees. The resource person for the training was Kimrose Craft Founder Kinanti Roospitasari.

"Ecoprint is a technique for printing and coloring things with natural plant and plant-based materials. It can be made on cloth, cow skin, sheep, goat, paper, wood and ceramics," said Ramona in her statement.

The way to make an eco print is to emphasize natural coloring using natural materials (stems/bark, roots, leaves) of plants and herbs.

The motifs on the fabric use leaves and flowers pressed onto the fabric/other material. Next, the previously mordanted fabric is boiled so that the natural color adheres firmly to the fabric.

In the training, participants were divided into 15 groups consisting of 2 residents assisted by social institutions and 1-2 SMI employees.

"From the groups that were implemented, it was divided into 3 basic techniques, namely groups 1-5 carried out the Ecoprinting Technique using Tawas alone, groups 6-10 carried out the Ecoprinting Technique using Tunjung alone and groups 11-15 carried out the Ecoprinting Technique using a combination of Tawas and Tunjung," Ramona added.

Packages and training materials such as alum, tunjung, cloth, aprons, paralon pipes and gloves have been prepared on the tables of each group.

Next, participants spread plastic as a base and cloth on the table, and arranged plants and leaves with high tannin to be placed on the white cloth that had been prepared.

After the leaves are placed on the cloth and form a neat and beautiful arrangement, then the cloth is rolled up carefully using a paralon pipe so that the leaves do not fold, after the cloth is rolled, then folded and tied neatly using raffia.

The next process in this ecoprinting stage is steaming the bonded fabric. This steaming process takes up to 2 hours. After the steaming process, the roll of cloth is opened after it has cooled and dried in the shade or aired for 7 days.

Ramona said that during the activity, the participants showed interest and enthusiasm by asking various questions to the resource persons, so that the training process became more attractive.

"To further motivate participants, assessments and competitions were also held for all groups, where 3 groups were selected who had good cooperation and could arrange/arrange plants beautifully on the cloth provided," said Ramona.

Kinanti Roospitasari hopes that participants will be able to produce good work that can be used as additional income in the future.



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