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Bakul; traditional crafts

Many traditional crafts that are typical of Borneo, one of which is a bakul. Bakul become a traditional crafts are realized not only to display (on display) but become more mainstream for the fulfillment (complementary) of daily purposes.

Borneo community life can not be separated from their relationship with the natural surroundings. Most people live from the development and management of natural surroundings. In addition to their main quest is farming (including manugal), they also utilize natural biological sources such as plantations, planting vegetables or fruits, manufacture of equipment for daily life and so that all of them used to meet the needs of their lives.

Raw material for making

Bakul as traditional crafts are made from materials found in nature around the bamboo, purun, paikat (rattan) or bamban. One ingredient that is often used for making bamboo bakul are. Because the material is more easily obtained in the vicinity of their homes. While purun, paikat (rattan) and bamban not always exist near the house.

Functions and benefits

Bakul as traditional crafts is one of the mothers equipment household. He often used to wash the rice when it will be cooked. Wicker Bakul are made ​​of solid washing water is not made ​​out of the Bakul of rice, so rice in it is easy to wash up pretty clean.
Bakul in some communities there are also used for storing rice. Rice is made of course limited to just a little. Rice is stored typically is the kind of quality rice and rice are rarely used such kind of buyung (rice from manugal) or ketan (sticky) rice.

Beside used for washing or storing rice, there are bakul that are used to put things (material) such as kitchen herbs. For example, red onion and garlic if placed in the bakul as traditional crafts can be more durable (long lasting). In the bakul, the onion does not quickly decay. Air circulation is maintained and dry place that is stable amplifier durability of spice in it.

Variety of shapes and sizes

This traditional crafts one also has a variation in terms of shapes and sizes.


Bakul have included several forms that vary in terms of color. Some rural communities make bakul with a form that is not the same. There is a form of fat and there is a rather thin elongated shape. The shape depends on the taste making them. Sometimes each person who makes also produces a different form the others. There is also the like made ​by making a variation of red, yellow, purple or blue. Most of them give color to the bakul with natural dyes (colors from natural ingredients). Only a handful of people who use chemical dye (kasumba). Dyes bakul made ​​of plant species hanky-panky that produce red and purple colors somewhat. For members in yellow and orange usually use janar or turmeric (plant spices). With these colors, the manufacturer can provide more variation so that the Imitation Key Chain looks. And if the orders, they can also make arrangement Imitation Key Chain so it looks a name or image.


The size of the bakul that made is essentially adjusting to the function or purpose for what they make. The size of a large bakul made ​​as a place to wash the rice to cook more number. Large sizes can also created because they need to save the seed that has been split into rice. While the small size is made for the purpose of washing rice in small amounts or used to wash rice everyday or also to put the kitchen spices.

Well, if you want to see how the bakul is made or you want to make a souvenir to take home, you can occasionally visit (to travel) to the island of Borneo.