Tuesday, January 7, 2014


3) A very Papuan batik




Jayapura , 7/1 ( Jubi ) – “Weapons seizure on January 4, 2014 at the police station in Puncak Jaya is a pure guerrilla operations led by Tengamati Telenggen, a member of Papua Liberation Army ( TPN-PB) under the command of Gen Goliath, a commander of TPN-PB .
Victor Yeimo through official West Papua National Committee website ( KNBP) said there should be no speculation about who the perpetrators and what motives of guns seizure in Kulirik, Puncak Jaya, which has been going on for 10 years. In fact, this area has been ongoing armed struggle between TPN-PB and Colonial Indonesian military and police. The TPN – PB under the command of Gen Goliath Tabuni has repeatedly stated that the purpose of open warfare and guerrilla warfare is clearly to expel Indonesian colonial occupation from West Papua . Thus, he repetitively rejected any terms of unidentified person (OTK) , Paramilitary (GPK / B) , terrorists , and other designations that aiming to undervalue the struggle.
” Weapons seizure on January 4, 2014 at the Police Station, Puncak Jaya is a pure guerrilla operations led by Tengamati Telenggen, a member of TPN-PB, who has Gen Goliath Tabuni as a chief commander . This action is one of guerrilla tactics which always found in a war and struggle around the world. So, it is wrong when Poengky Indarti who does not know the situation in the field of Puncak Jaya named this guerrilla as gangsters or for the sake of money and elections , ” said Victor Yeimo .
According to KNPB , guerrilla TPN – OPM is not new, so the military/ police , NGOs , and all parties, especially local and national media no need to seek out the perpetrators, because the TPN / OPM is the actor who has always existed to fight though no elections or other colonial interests. Goliath repeatedly said that he and all the members are not fighting for food, drink, or money , but purely we fight for West Papua independence.
Goliath Tabuni is an official member of the TPN – PB under the command of Kelly Kwalik in the 90s to 2004. Then, in Puncak Jaya he was appointed as a regional commander and in 2012, at TPB -PB congress in Biak, he was again elected as the high commander. Goliath was vowed on December 14, 2012 in Tingginabut , Puncak Jaya . TPN – PB is a wing of the military defense of West Papua who fighting for West Papua independence.
According to the KNPB’s website , the terms of the perpetrator as OTK , GPK / B , Gangster and others would have a pivotal impact to the process of creating conflict resolution. These obscure terms also can be misused for the interest of rulers and military leaders. The parties who involved in protecting the key actor has tendency to maintain conflict.
Previously , Puncak Jaya Police , Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner, Marcelis stated that actors attacking police station in kulirik district, Puncak Jaya is Telenggen Leka group. The Chief of Puncak Jaya Police identified these armed groups as maintaned group.
“They are a maintained group and involved to keep the road construction in Puncak Jaya, but somehow it happened,” said Marcelis, (5/1).
Marcelis also said Leka and Tengamati Telenggen with some of his friends took away the guns belonging to members of the Puncak Jaya district police, instead of Brimob . These actors are members of Goliath Tabuni . Currently, it’s been doing an approach towards indigenous groups and religious leaders , as well as the public to persuade Telenggen Leka and his colleagues to return the guns they took away. ( Jubi / Mawel/Tina )




Design of the bridge (IST)

Jayapura, 7/1 ( Jubi ) – The Jayapura Municipality ensures that bridge construction project from Hamadi to Holtekamp will begin this year(2014).
This was stated by the Head of the Regional Development Agency ( Bappeda ) of Jayapura Municipality, Nurjainuddin Konu. She mentioned that initially the bridge construction should go through piling up – dirt process, but after going through a long process of the Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal), Detail Engineering Design (DED) happens to change as the construction of Ring Road Bridge .
“DED is altered after AMDAL result, conducted by BLH is received. Initial plan, its construction only will be done by doing piling – up , but it got changed immediately like Ring Road mechanism used poles,”said Nurjainuddin Konu to tabloidjubi.com , Monday ( 6/1 ).
As is known, the distribution of bridge construction budget- Holtekam to Hamadi will be funded from three different sources, are from Public Works Ministry, the Provincial Government of Papua and Public Works Department of Jayapura municipality.
The head of Public Works Department of Jayapura municipality, Ir. Jenny Karinda, M.MT via cell phone confidently justified the plan.
“So, it has been allocated, and will be built this year. Hall Road and Bridge have also been budgeted. Public Works Department ( DPU) of Jayapura Municipality has also budgeted it. If administrative process is completed and approved then the auction can be started out .”said Karinda.
The same thing also expressed by the Head of Financial Asset Management Agency Urban Jayapura , Bambang Wirawan. He said that the municipal government confirmed that Holtekam- Hamadi bridge construction will begin this year.

“The budget has been allocated in the 2014, so it will definitely be executed this year.” said Bambang. ( Jubi / Sindung/ Tina)



3) A very Papuan batik

Cendrawasih: This piece of Papuan batik features the province’s famous cendrawasih, or bird of paradise.
A walk through the batik shops in Mimika proves that there’s more to Papuan fashion than the traditional noken (woven bag) or the koteka (penis sheathe).

Local designers are making Papuan-style batik in bright reds, yellows and greens — a stark contrast to the subdued colors of Central Java, where the style came into fashion. Adorning local batik are local motifs and sacred symbols, ranging from crocodiles to cendrawasih birds of paradise and from spears to traditional tifa drums.

“In general visitors only know Asmat motifs,” Risma, one long-time batik vendor, said, referring to the tribe that inhabits the southwest corner of Papua. “Asmat motifs are identical to sacred symbols, such as statues and carved wooden shield with squares. The color is brown, with a mixture of soil and terracotta color. A lot of batik designs of other tribes and cultures complement each other”.

Nurhadi owns a batik shop on Jl. Budi Utomo in Timika. The 44-year-old discussed the nuts and bolts of wearing the clothing. “There are only three kinds of materials used for the type of batik typical to Papua: satin, cotton and silk. Buyers favor cotton batik very much. It is less expensive. It can absorb sweat.”

Gorgeous: Prices depend on the quality of the fabric, ranging from cotton batik, priced at Rp 65,000 a meter, to Rp 300,000 a meter for silk.

Colorful: Bows and arrows, traditional tifa drums and cendrawasih adorn this batik.

She said that the goods she sold were imported from Jayapura.

Meanwhile, mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia has gotten into the act, sponsoring corporate social responsibility programs that have backed exhibitions of Papuan batik in Jakarta and Jayapura and promoted local designers.

The firm has also collaborated with Jimmy Afaar, perhaps the most famous Papuan designer, to organize batik training sessions for women in Jayapura in 2011.

Ilham, who owns a batik shop on Jl. A. Yani, said that his monthly revenue could top Rp 15 million. “Many people purchase Papuan batik by the roll or meter for souvenirs on the way back home. At least 20 people visit the store each day.”

Meanwhile, Nurhaidi says that prêt-à-porter Papuan batik is readily available. “It is not only limited to dress shirts, tee-shirts and collared shirts. Bags and purses are available, too.”

Prices depend on the quality of the fabric, ranging from cotton batik, priced at Rp 65,000 a meter, to Rp 300,000 a meter for silk.

One woman with experience in making Papuan batik is Matelda, who has taught elementary school in Kuala Kencana since 2005. Previously, the 35-year-old worked for two years at her mother’s five-person studio, Batik Tulis Karya Putri Dobonsolo on Jl. Kemiri in Sentani, Jayapura.

At work: A woman makes batik at Batik Tulis Karya Putri Dobonsolo on Jl. Kemiri in Sentani, Jayapura.

Matelda said that her mother’s workshop has been producing printed, stamped or handmade Papuan batik with sentani motifs since 1996. Customers specify the designs desired and the raw materials are consigned from Yogyakarta and Surakarta, Central Java.

“The sentani motif is a bit different from other tribes and cultures in Papua,” she says. “The motif depicts a circular groove and its background is bit blue. The process of printing or painting is similar to other areas in Java. The basic materials are wax, a canting [wax pen], a small stove, paraffin, a small brush, a baking pan or casserole dish and an iron wok.”

She continues. “My mother’s workshop can produce three meters of handmade batik a day, 50 meters of printed batik a day, whilst the complicated motifs take two up to three days. Prices vary depending on the motifs and designs. Handmade batik is expensive. The complicated motifs and design are more expensive.”

Matelda, who is of Serui ethncitiy, the designs used for Papuan batik came from many tribes (suku) and were originally inscribed in bark, buildings, paddles, boats, caves and walls. Artists have imitated and preserved the designs until now.

Fitria, who heads the regency education agency’s secondary schools office, said that her staff wore Papuan batik on Fridays and for special occasions. “We also have been coordinating with the principals of both public and private schools in order to obligate their pupils to don batik Papua on certain days.”

Similarly, Yohanis Kasamol, the head of Mimika’s tourism office, said that more government officers were buying local-style batik. “One way we have introduced Papuan batik in Mimika is that we have asked employees who work at Mozes Kilangin Airport to don batik on certain days. Passengers who get off the plane will see the officers wearing Papuan batik immediately.”

Mimika’s former regent, Titus Potereyauw, echoed Yohanis’ statements. “Since 2001, we have required all civil servants to don Papuan batik in Mimika. They are free to choose the desired patterns and motifs.”

There’s no one approved pattern for the official batik. Civil servants are free to choose their favorite motifs, except on certain special days when they are asked to wear batik reflecting the regency’s Komoro indigenous people, the 79-year-old said.

One customer, Albert Tony, an employee of PT Freeport Indonesia who hails from Samarinda, East Kalimantan, said he frequently sought out the unique designs. “I often come to the store and purchase quite a lot of Papuan batik for souvenirs for my friends and my relatives.”

Papua-style batik can be found at stores located along Jl. Serui Mekar, Jl. Budi Utomo and Jl. A. Yani in Mimika.

- Photos by Markus Mardius

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