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Silver Kotagede

The Kotagede history comes when Panembahan Senopati Mataram ordered courtiers made of gold and silver jewelry. The emergence of silver smith in conjunction with the establishment of the capital Mataram Kotagede as the 16th century AD. There is evidence to suggest that the art of silver, gold, and the metal has been known since the 9th century AD, with inscription in Central Java the terms contained therein gold smith, silver smith, blacksmith and so on. Development of silver experiencing a golden period between 1930 to 1940 with the emergence of new corporations, improved quality and new motifs.

Silver industry began to evolve and tap into the world market when Kotagede arrival of a Dutch merchant who ordered goods European household with silver material. Goods in the form of candlesticks, tableware and drinking, ashtrays, cup, napkin and place jewelry with distinctive European style motif Yogyakarta areas dominated by the leaves, flowers, and lung and it was desirable order of the Europeans. Since then various orders come with ever-increasing numbers. To maintain and improve the quality of the product, the Dutch government established the institution Beverdering Stichting van het Kenst Ambacht Yogyakarta. Institutions that provide training in techniques of making silver and development of market access. It's activities include Fair in Japan in 1937 and in America in 1938.

After experiencing the ups and downs, the silver industry Kotagede keep running. Entering Kotagede area means we are ready to visit the silver typical of the area. The visitor can not just pick and buy souvenirs but can watch the manufacturing process. The production process begins with the melting of pure crystalline silver and mixed with copper and silver content standard is 92.5%. Silver is melted and liquid is formed printed as desired. The second process is called print. The next process is banging printout to get the desired shape. The process requires its own skill level. After having the desired shape, and then carved to obtain the desired motif. This process requires a high level of expertise. Once carved and then assembled. The final process is to create a shiny finish and expose the fallen. Standard quality silver is 92.5%, if less than that silver has not been worth mentioning. Standards are set up to maintain the quality of the product. While the price range is determined by the level of silver per gram and the difficulty of manufacture.