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Silver Kotagede

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

The 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 of 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 Kenst Ambacht Yogyakarta. Institutions provided training in techniques of making silver and development of market access. The activities were including Jewellery Fair in Japan in 1937 and in America fair 1938.

After experiencing the ups and downs in business, silver craft industry keep running. Entering Kotagede area means ready to visit the silver area. The visitor could not just pick and buy souvenirs but also can watch the manufacturing process. The production process begins with the 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 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 product quality. While the price ranges determined by the level of silver per gram and difficulty of manufacture.