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Silver Kotagede

Kotagede history comes when Panembahan Senopati Mataram ordered courtiers made of gold and silver jewelry. Emergence of silver smith conjunction established of Mataram Kotagede in 16th century AD. There is evidence to suggest art of silver, gold and metal has been known since the 9th century AD. With inscription in Central Java the terms contained in gold smith, silver smith, blacksmith and so on. Development of silver is experiencing golden period between 1930 and 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 visited the Dutch who ordered goods European household with silver material. Goods in candlesticks form, tableware and drinking, ashtrays, cup, napkin and place jewelry with distinctive European style motif Yogyakarta areas dominated by the leaves, flowers, lung and it was desirable order of Europeans. Since then various orders come with ever-increasing numbers. To maintain and improve the product quality, the Dutch government established the institution Beverdering Stichting van het Kenst Ambacht Yogyakarta. Institutions provided training in techniques of making silver and development of market access. It was activities include Jewelry Fair in Japan in 1937 and in America in 1938.

After experiencing the ups and downs in business, silver craft industry keep running. Entering Kotagede area means ready to visit silver typical area. The visitor could not just pick and buy souvenirs but also can watch manufacturing process. The production process begins with melting of pure crystalline silver, mixed with copper and silver content standard is 92.5%. Silver is melted and liquid to be formed printed as desired. The second process is called print. The next process is banging printout to get the shape style and process requires its own skill level. After having the shape, and then carved to obtain the motif. This process requires high expertise, once carved and then assembled. The final process is to create 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 product quality. While the price ranges determined by level of silver per gram and the difficulty of manufacture.