Just visited one of the remaining outdoor furniture manufacturer in Curug, Tangerang, West Java named CV (Comanditaire Venootschap) Property. Located far in the village, with rice field lies ahead, this factory is a survivor from 2005.
Frame samples are found everywhere in the facility.
The business mostly involves simple aluminum welding, cutting and bending, combined with high level of weaving techniques by home based craft persons who lived surrounding the factory.
The products are exported to overseas customers (usually Northern Hemisphere (United States and West Europe)), either to be sold on retails or projects. Beautiful combinations between aluminum based frame and various synthetic wicker (or loom) have given a nice looking furniture, with thousand of models from the geometric shaped up to the organic ones.
Stacked frame, ready for weaving.
The level of craftsmanship in this industry is definitely exceptional. They don’t really use proper tools for building the frame (just using their good sense), as well as more exceptional weaving techniques that able to provide wide range of weaving types.
Loom weaving machine that produces loom sheets. This one is huge.
The other types of weaving materials is loom. It is a paper covered cord, with paper like surface (of course) and can be finished in colors. The output of this monster is loom sheets, and sent to Cirebon, West Java for further process. The loom sheets can be applied on the aluminum frame as well.
Finished products (side chairs) are covered and ready for shipment.
Let’s hope this industry lasts for more years to come, as it involves a lot of home-based labors (women as well). Unlike a post office in the village that has been abandoned, and nothing (except the building) left over.