Manusia Ramadhan

Ramadhan datang, umat senang.  Jalanan riuh, masjid pun penuh. Untuk ke sekian kalinya bulan nan suci itu datang berkunjung. Tak salah memang jika ia disebut bulan penuh berkah.  Manusia menyambutnya dengan suka cita. Lapar dan dahaga justru menjadi hikmah. Perut kosong maka darah mengalir deras ke kepala, membuat pemiliknya berpikir lebih leluasa. Rasa lapar juga ajang bagi manusia melatih empati atas sesamanya yang kekurangan.

Kampong Blangkon Serengan, At Glance (Secuplik Tentang Kampung Blangkon Serengan)

Serengan Quarter located on south side of city of Solo, Central Java,  might not as popular as other urban settlement such as Kauman or Laweyan. However, the narrow alleys and crowded houses presents an interesting story. The dense region is known as Kampong Blangkon, a nickname for place-based community which many of the resident make a living as blangkon artisan. Blangkon is traditional javanese headdress worn by men and made of batik fabric.

The Agony of Bekonang (Nyawa Meregang Bekonang)

It’s a common sight to find drums and firewood pile in front of a house. Those are mark of home industries of alcohol ran by the house owner. Bekonang, a small village in Mojolaban district, Sukoharjo regency, Central Java, Indonesia, is an old legend for generations to liquor lovers especially in Central Java and beyond thanks to its ciu (local liquor). It is a bold statement from the residents of Bekonang, one of them is Mujiman, 68, an alcohol producer titled Ngudi Rejeki.

Mengetuk Pintu Laweyan

Laweyan adalah batik. Konotasi itu telah terbangun sejak lama. Apalagi selepas daerah yang berada di tepi Kota Solo itu resmi bertajuk Kampoeng Wisata Batik pada 2004. Namun seorang teman asal Solo, Halim Santoso meyakinkan saya bahwa Laweyan lebih dari sekedar batik. Sebuah bujukan tersamar. Ditemani Halim, saya pun menjajal membuktikan lisannya itu. Di luar perkiraan. Alih-alih banyak orang atau kendaraan berseliweran, kampung ini lengang untuk ukuran tempat wisata padahal saat itu hari minggu.

Sapu Upcycle, From Trash To Cash (Dari Limbah Menjadi Berkah)

The joglo (javanese traditional house) seems to be nothing special at glance, just an ordinary house. Yet there’s something inside. Looks messy but sightly thanks for an artistic touch. The most interesting is the activity takes place. The house which located on the outskirt of Salatiga City is a workshop place for upcycling waste into products with a environmental, functional and aesthetical value. And above all, economical. Not plastic, bottle, glasses, paper nor some other material which commonly used for recycling, it’s inner tube waste.