Water hyacinth is a plant that usually only becomes a pest in the waters. But, with creativity and hard work, it can be transformed into a craft that has a high selling value you know.
It or scientific name Eichhornia crassipes, every region in Indonesia this one plant has a different name. For example in the Palembang area, better known as the chips, if in Lampung it is known as a ringgak. It’s different if in Dayak the name becomes ilung-ilung, in Manado it is better known as tumpe.
It has a high growth speed, so this plant is considered a weed that can damage the aquatic environment. Water hyacinth with ease spreads through waterways to other waterways and develops there.
The water hyacinth of his life is in water, sometimes there is also root in the soil. The height of this plant is about 0.4-0.8 meters. It does not have a single stem and leaf and is oval in shape. The tip and base are tapered, the base of the leaf stalks are bulging. The leaves are green and the surface is slippery.
Water Hyacinth Crafts
Some crafts that turned out to be made with water hyacinth raw materials are bag, sandal, hat, and tablecloth. Its craft is no less the same as handicrafts from cardboard, handicrafts from paper, handicrafts from used bottles, and handicrafts from straws.
One of the water hyacinth craft centers is in Jogja. So, for those of you who want to get that craft, you can also go on a tour to Jogja. As for tourist accommodation in Jogja, you can rent a trusted bus rental in Jogja.
How To Make Crafts
Now, what if we learn how to make crafts from water hyacinth
1. Look For Water Hyacinth
Looking for it is the first job we have to do. Actually, you can buy something that is already dry and ready to be processed, but it’s not really fast.
We can look it along the river. If you don’t want to bother asking for help with the people around, but don’t forget to give something as our gratitude.
Well, after we get the water hyacinth, then the next step is to cleanse itself of the dirt that is attached and eliminate the unpleasant odor.
Washing it is also easy, just spray it with clean water and the dirt that is attached is shattered by slamming.
3. Separating It From Stems
After cleaning, separate the stems from the leaves, this stage aims to classify which materials will be made into bags or other crafts.
Separation can using a large knife or scissors. Use that tool because if you separate using your bare hands it will be difficult. Water hyacinth is resilient and hard.
After the stems and leaves separate, the next ledge is drying. The easiest way to dry it in the sun, you can also sunbathe to accompany the water hyacinth. In addition to the easiest, drying by drying will also produce it that is of better quality than those dried using an oven or other dryer.
5. Making Craft Patterns
After we get a dry it, we make the craft pattern that we want to make. This pattern is to facilitate the manufacture of a product. If there is already a pattern, our work will be easier, just follow the pattern.
Well, after there is a pattern we just make it plait or maybe knit from water hyacinth that is dry. The pattern is usually used if we make woven, but if you want to make a bag or knit like that, we can design using ordinary pictures.
So all we have to do is copy the existing picture or pattern to produce the same product. Producent manufacturers usually make different designs, so each product is only made a little.
At this stage we just need to add accessories, colors and maybe give cloth so that the craft becomes even more beautiful.
Well, that was some of the crafts, benefits and negative effects of this green plant called water hyacinth. Hopefully useful.