Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:37 pm Post subject: Kota Gede - The Silver Center of Yogyakarta
Kota Gede is located around 10 kilometers at the southeastern part of Yogyakarta city center. This area is well known as the center of silver handicrafts in Yogyakarta. Keeping around 170 old buildings built in 1700 to 1930, "Kotagede is not only named Silver City but an Old Capital City"
Upon arriving at Kota Gede area, you will immediately get an opportunity to take a look various kinds silver handicrafts at various prices sold at the front part of local people's house which is functioning as the gallery as well. Most of the houses are in traditional Javanese architecture called Joglo.
Silver handicraft is a culture descended by the ancestor to the next generations. Initially, handicrafts in Kotagede were made of gold, silver and copper. By the coarse of time, however, silver is most preferred. For the reason, craftsmen make more silver handicrafts until today. This handicraft is exported to foreign countries, mainly to Europe. Order is usually increasing by the year end.
Since the 1930s, however, Kotagede has become famous for being the centre of the Yogya silverwork industry. Kotagede is easily reached by "among", the four wheeled horse drawn cart, by taxi, bus, or car. _________________ Outsourcing Help Desk
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