Tag Archives: Indonesia

Alpine, Seashore, Jewel and Sunshine


Hello everyone,

On the title are the theme of the yarns I recently dyed and are now available for purchase. It took me months to prepare these much and the progress continues InsyaAllah. My job is so much fun, Alhamdulillah.

To see the choices of hand-dyed yarns, select Hand-Dyed and select the choices from themes from the drop down menu. Under Shop you will find other type of yarns including the famous Balinese Cotton Yarns as well as the hand-dyed which are being sold as Clearance. Those in the Clearance Box are a mixed color of yarns and sold as a package.
Detail info of the individual yarns and pricing is shown on each photos.
If you have any question you can contact me via email or drop me a message on  Crochet Republic FB Page.
Thank you…
Happy crocheting or knitting…

A visit to Dowa Crochet Boutique, the maker of The Saks Crochet Bags

Following my previous post on my visit to Dowa crochet boutique in Jogja, Central Java, Indonesia, here are some photos from the trip. This article is not about the success story of the company but more about what I learned from my visit to the workshop. To read more about the company please visit its website at http://www.dowabag.com/new/content.php?page=aboutus

Dowa bags according to the person I met in the workshop are exported mostly to the US. In the US it is sold under the brand name The Saks. Interestingly, I actually own a purse which I purchased in Dallas not knowing it was from my own backyard hehe #feelingamuzed

Beautiful bloom at the entrance.
 Dowa boutique at Godean KM 7, Yogyakarta.
Sweet mint candy and other local treats provided to the guest at the waiting room made you feel so welcome to the shop. The room has a nice sofa and chairs where husbands or kids can wait and chat while the wives enjoy the shopping.
Some crocheted bags on display.



A  varieties of the sling bags. Notice how the stitches different in the front and the back of the brown bag on the left.


Crochet cushion covers in neatly done single crochet stitches. The price of Dowa’s is ranging from USD 4 to USD 160 a piece. I treat myself  with one of these.
Zigzagging double crochet tapestry bags reminding me of  similar bag in single crochet by Carol Ventura.


Everybody from of all ages seems to enjoy their time in the shop like these children admiring the keychains and brooches on display.


Flower power. Crocheted keychains and brooches and on display.

The Neat Lining
Now that we have seen all of those beautiful photos of crocheted bags and accessories, let see the most fun part of this tour. How do they do their super neat lining? I am grateful to all the employees and management of Dowa for allowing me to photograph and videotaping this process and for being so kind in sharing their knowledge and expertise with me. Two thumbs up for them.
All Dowa bags is crocheted by the women surrounding the village where the company is operating. Dowa use its own type of nylon yarns to produce their bags and accessories and the yarns is not available for sale publicly.
Some bags were created in one solid piece, some were created as separated pieces which will required further assembly. Every single bags arrived at the workshop were placed under scrutiny for its quality. Mistakes will be corrected at the repair center at the workshop. Some of the bags can undergo major repair from cutting and reattaching the handle and some will require reconstruction of some part of the bags. It seems intense labor and time consuming to me but the ladies at Dowa is crocheting at the speed I have only seen done by the winner of the fastest crocheter recorded by the Guinness of Record on Youtube! I asked one of the repair women how long she has been crocheting and how can she crochet so fast, she said she has been doing this job for 6 years. How many hours would that be if she crochet 6 hours a day.
An employee at the workshop gluing the interfacing into the upperlining fabric.
At first the inside of the bag (the wrong side) was covered using the underlining fabric in the same color of the yarns used for the bag. If necessary Some area around to upper side of the bag is cut to match the contour of the fabric and glue is used in some places to make the underlining stay in place.  The purpose of this process is to cover the spaces in between crochet stitches to prevent the interfacing to be seen through the fabric. A certain area of the bag such as the handle, buttons and clasps is reinforced using a stronger underlining fabric.
The upper lining is sewn separately as a bag insert. Pockets and the zipper is stitched into the upper lining during this process. The  type of material used is unknown to me but the softness of the fabric is similar to those used in the tailored suits and jackets.
Workers returning to work after a lunch break.


Short video  interview  about the production and QC at the Dowa workshop.
Several type of nylon yarns and work in progress at Dowa workshop, Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
Hope you enjoyed this short article. See you in my  next crochet adventures in the other part of the world InsyaAllah. Happy crocheting.
Visit Dowa website for detailed product info.
Source: Personal interview and UKM success story.
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How to Make Woven Rice Casing from Coconut Leafs (ketupat "bahasa Indonesia)

Hello, it is almost Eid El Fitr and everyone in Indonesia and Malaysia are busy making the feast. One of the famous meal is ketupat. Ketupat is made of woven rice sack from coconut leafs. Most of tropical countries has coconut trees, choose the young leafs to make the ketupat.

For the filling you can use any type of rice from Thai to Basmati. Wash the rice and fill up 1/2 of the pocket then boil in a large pot with plenty of water for about 2-3 hours.  You could also use a presto cooker for a faster result for 30 minutes. Once the pocket is hard and fully expanded, it is done. Tie all the pockets together and hang them in a well ventilated air. Cut the ketupat in half diagonally, remove from pocket, cut into small cubes, eat with vegetable or chicken curry and kerupuk (prawn crackers).

Most of the people I met know how to make this, but new generation probably don’t. I have shoot this video for those who wanted to learn how to make it. Pardon my English, no time to edit as I was busy cooking hehe…

Here is the tutorial video on how to make it.

This is how the ketupat look like after 3 hours of boiling and drained. Add more water during cooking to make sure the cases submerge in the water.
Cut the ketupat in cubes and eat with shredded young papaya in coconut milk or chicken curry, rendang, and  or dendeng (salty beef jerky), garnish with friend shallots.  Add sambal (chili paste) spicier gravy.

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Balinese Cotton Yarns

These yarns are among my favorite yarns to crochet with. I have crocheted many different type of yarns from different brands available in the market. I am also in fact a yarn reseller for ICE Yarns, but till now I am not able to find the comparison for the softness of this particular yarns with any type. It’s just so unique. 
The yarns is locally made in Indonesia and it comes without label. I have been crocheting this yarn for the items as seen in the pictures in my blog from Strawberry crochet bag, hat, flowers and dollies. The texture is soft like bamboo and very comfortable to crochet. But unlike bamboo which is light and rather fluffy, this yarn is stiff once crocheted making it suitable for bags, purses, dollies, hats, and  decorative items. I was thinking it could be good for making a bed spread with it and cushion covers. I don’t know if this yarn would be suitable for a baby blanket, but I can only tell you it is smooth, it is soft, it feels like bamboo, it feels like mercerize cotton but it is heavier than acrylic of course. I really think it could make a great baby bootie, sturdy enough but won’t be slippery like acrylic. And perhaps to make some amigurumies. 

The yarn available in two sizes: Fine/Sports ( Size 2)
Content: Cotton and Polyester  

Gauge: 32 sc = 4 inches Hook Size B/2.25mm
100 gr/194 yards/174 m (approximate)

Gauge: 16 sc = 4 inches Hook Size F/3.75mm

(after washing and blocking)

100 gr/169 yards/150 m (approximate)
Handwash, dry flat


BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand (edging with wool and acrylic mix)

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn double strands

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand
BCY 8 ply Sports Yarn single strand

Above Made with BCY 10 ply Light Worsted single strand

Click here for info how to order this yarns.