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Cobek dan Ulek ulek (Mortar and Pestle)

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Then, our next destination was the Candi Jago in Singosari.  During our drive there, we drove through an industrial area.  I don’t remember the name of the area, but it is known for its Cobek and Ulek-ulek, or Mortar and Pestle production.  There are several materials that can be used to make mortar and pestle.  Wood, clay, or volcanic rock.  This particular area specializes in using basalt volcanic rock.

Even though I said it is an industrial area, usually the production is just done in someone’s backyard, not in a factory.  We stopped at someone’s house and asked if we could observe how it was done.  The person below allowed us to take pictures of him while he was working.  Do you see the pile of stones in front of him?  Those are pestles in crude shape.

His only tools were just a hammer and a tooth chisel.  It took him about 5 minutes to create a crude mortar, and he did not use any other tools.  He knew exactly where to put the point of the chisel and hammered away.

At the end, these mortars were piled and ready to be polished.  Since the guy continued to make mortars, we decided to move on and drive some more.

On the way, we saw a variety products out of the volcanic rock.  Pots for the plants…

We saw this poor monkey in his crude shape cage.  Notice that he was also chained so he could not wander around.

Another version of the traditional tool.  I think this might be a flour mill.

Then we found another house that was busy with mortar production.  This site contains a lot of the polished mortar and pestles.  This woman was washing the mortars to loosen any dirt sticking to the mortars.

The few bigger objects on the right hand side of the pictures are also mortars for bigger grains, i.e. corn, rice, nuts.  It is called Lumpang rather than Cobek.  Usually the pestle would be made out of wood instead of the usual volcanic rock.  You can check on this site to see what the pestle looks like.

Then this woman inspected the mortars and patched any holes or imperfection she saw with some sort of paste.  The mortars then would be dried out and ready to be sent to the market to be sold.

While we were watching how the women worked on the mortars, this older lady came to sell some krupuk or fried rice crackers.  This is how most of the older generation dressed.  The shirt is called kebaya and usually worn with a sarong.  We ended up buying two packs of her krupuk and gave them to the driver to take home.


Written by Anny

July 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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