Not many people notice that there is still a wayang orang and traditional dance costumes maker exist in Dukuh Bacem, Langenharjo, Sukoharjo. He is Hadi Sugimo, which has been involved in this industry for more than thirty years.
“I learnt to make costumes since 1977 with my Pak Lik (uncle),” the man that usually called as Gimo said. As he thought that he was capable enough, he made a dance costume business in May 1989. The first product is feet bangle for dancers’ accessories. With only IDR 100,000 for his first capital, he got an order of one set wayang orang costumes in his first year of work.
Gimo admitted that his business focused only to make wayang orang and traditional dance costumes. The making process is still using manual labor or by hand. “I used the sewing machine only to sew the clothes,” Gimo explained.
Materials used to make costumes is varied. “For costumes accessories, we used buffalo hides, cartons, suede and beads,” he explains. As for the costume itself, there are different kinds of materials used such as tetron fabrics, ero fabrics, toyuci fabrics, velvets and nylon.
His products are distributed to his loyal customers in Bringharjo and Tjokrosuharto Store, Yogyakarta, and Klewer Market, Solo. “Not only that, but many artists and dancers bought costumes from here,” Gimo said. His customers could come from other city too, such as Banyuwangi and Jakarta. “Usually the students from SMKI Solo and ISI (Indonesian Arts Institute) frequently ordered costumes in my place,” he added.
Gimo admitted that his turnover in a month could reach IDR 15,000,000 to IDR 20,000,000. “It depends on the production. However, it usually reach that amount,” Gimo said.
Besides producing wayang orang and dance costumes, Gimo can repairs broken costumes too. Customer can directly come to Dukuh Bacem RT. 02 RW. 01 Langenharjo, Sukoharjo.