Sarwidi, Becoming His Own BossThursday, April 26, 2012
routines of work, my colleague and I left Jakarta for Klaten, Central java,
where we coincidently met this inspiring man who had transformed himself from
zero to hero. A one-hour conversation with him had really given me a new way of
how to perceive this life.
What was so natural about the batik was the dye used to color it. All were made from natural materials.
These were some materials used to dye the batik. The bark of mahogany was for reddish color, mango for bluish, coconut for brownish, and the rind of joho (local fruit) was for cream color. All the materials had to be soaked and boiled to extract the colors.
One good part of being a local entrepreneur is that you can empower people surrounding you. That was what happened there too. All the labors working in the workshop were from Kebonagung.
Sarwidi was aware the importance of internet to promote his natural batik. Every night, he spends few hours surfing in the cyber world, something that was impossible to do six years ago, when he was still a rickshaw driver. He also participates in batik exhibition which is regularly held in some cities like Yogyakarta, Semarang, and Jakarta.
As we took off, he gave me his business card and we exchanged our blackberry PIN numbers, promised to keep in touch, and he would welcome us anytime we return to Kebonagung. The meeting was short but I was so impressed that I suddenly thought that our meeting with Sarwidi had been probably not a coincidence. It could have been something set by God. And I believed that. I believed he had been sent to inspire us.