Address : Di Dusun Pandes, Panggungharjo Kecamatan Sewon,Kabupaten Bantul Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
In a very technologically advanced age like today, traditional toys are getting rare as they are shoved aside by modern playthings. This is actually avoidable as traditional toys existence depends on the willingness of the people themselves to preserve what is actually their own tradition and creation.
Pandes, a hamlet in Panggungharjo Village, Sewon District, Bantul Regency, is widely known as the kampong of traditional toys. Some of the people earn a living by making traditional toys. Pandes has actually long been famous for its toys since the times of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII. According to history, Pandes was known as Sompoan Hamlet which was named after Nyai Sompo, a lady from Majapahit Kingdom. Today, in preserving traditional toys, the people of Pandes open their kampong for tourists who want to learn about Javanese traditional toys.
In the past, there were at least 50 toy makers producing kitiran, angkrek, klonthong-klonthong and othok-othok, manukan kurung, and umbrella. But over the time, as they all got older, there are only 8 toy makers left in Pandes.
For generations born before the year 2000, both boys and girls, othok-othok was a must-have traditional toy while they were kid. It is made of a milk can, bamboo, paper ornaments, and wooden handle and it was hype back then. Othok-othok is one of traditional toys continually produced by people of Pandes.
The kampong has been as it is for generations. Recently, the kampong received supports from Komunitas Pojok Budaya Kampung Dolanan, a community working for traditional toys. Often, Pandes has an order in bulk such as when the committee of Muhammadiyah 100th Birth Anniversary ordered 100 traditional toys.
The 564.54-acre wide Pandes is situated in Sewon District, administratively borders with Yogyakarta at the north and eastwards, with Bangunharjo Village. It also borders with Timbulharjo and Pendowoharjo Villages at the south and Tirtonimolo Village at the west.
There are at least two routes to the kampong, namely Bantul Street through Dongkelan and Kweni, and secondly, Parangtritis Street through Timbulharjo and Pendowoharjo Village. It is suggested that you take your own vehicle as your trip will be easier.
The traditional toys are sold at very cheap prices, ranging from Rp 1,000 to Rp 2,000 per item. They are sold in a way that is also traditional. The sellers hawk from kampong to kampong by bicycle or for farther area, by motorcycle. The toys are usually sold also at some special events such as sekaten.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
In Pandes, besides the local residences, there is also a space for outbound activities for kindergarten to junior high students. This space is meant to be a place in which kids can get acquaintance with traditional toys. This way, it is expected that the kids can give more appretiation to their tradition and toys with which their parents played when they were children.
Text: Andreas Eko Wahyu S.
Photo(s): Collection of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)