GMP volunteers introduce Sashiko technique, provide business ideas for Depok Youth

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AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – In the era of industrial revolution 4.0, young people are increasingly required to improve competence through various means, one of which is through training.

In order to prepare high quality, creative and innovative human resources, Ganjar Muda Padjadjaran (GMP) volunteers held a training course titled “upskill sashiko” involving the youth of Depok City.

Depok GMP Regional Coordinator Indra Nurdin said the activity took place at Kartini Taman Wiladatika Building, Jalan Jamboree, Harjamukti Village, Cimanggis District, Depok City, West Java, on Friday (19/5 /2023).

“Our goal is to improve the skills because it is to add to the hard skills of the young people in the city of Depok. Besides using it, they can also apply it or create it themselves,” he said.

Armed with materials such as cloth, local embroidery thread, scissors, grids and more, dozens of young people focused on practicing the sashiko technique to make sewing patches.

Indra revealed that if they learned this technique from Japan, young people can recreate used clothes or shoes to become more valuable and have an aesthetic value.

“We hope these young people can share with their friends or family, maybe they can make this sashiko for themselves and also to get income coffers in the future,” Indra said.

For your information, Sashiko (small stabs) is a traditional Japanese stitching or embroidery technique.

This technique is used as an aesthetic value enhancer and sweetener for the appearance of clothing, denim (jeans) or other substrates.

Asri Restuningsih as a speaker who is also the owner of Asriku Kreasi explained that understanding the Sashiko technique is not difficult, you just need to understand the vertical, horizontal and diagonal patterns.

According to him, the works using Japanese-style embroidery techniques have quite a high value.

Therefore, he hopes that young people can understand and develop Sashiko’s potential into a business idea.

“I hope young people can be more advanced, more creative with local ingredients, but Japanese sashiko techniques can help them learn about sashiko and develop it into a business,” Asri said.

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Eka Riani (25), one of the participants, said she was interested in Sashiko. While it is not easy, she plans to pursue the technique so that she can later earn a daily income.

“Yes, it’s really hard, so there’s a lot of it (the pattern). I think I want to try it at home and sell it online,” Eka said.

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