Banyumulek village in Kediri District, West Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The village is situated about 14 kilometers south of Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara. Visiting the Village may be an alternative Banyumulek own for connoisseurs of handicrafts, especially pottery. Upon entering the village, tourists will be greeted by an iron gate frame reads “pottery Industry Centers Banyumulek”.
Once inside, along the road village located about 14 kilometers south of Mataram (the capital of West Nusa Tenggara), travelers will soon see a row of art shops in front of the homes residents. Rows of these art shops selling various handicrafts such as pottery selao (barrel), dumang (brazier), kekete or sigon (pan), kemek (pot), kettles, trash cans, jars, and much more. In addition to crafts that are functional, are like pot, and barrel, pottery products Banyumulek also provides the results of crafts for decorating the room, such as ashtrays, flower vases, sculptures, bowls, wall lamps, and wall hangings. What’s interesting is the way Banyumulek pottery making, which still maintain traditional combustion techniques, namely by using straw and firewood.
Combustion technique is often known by the name tenunuq lendang or burning in the middle of the garden pottery. Because the burning done openly (outside room), this technique is said to have an advantage, namely the pottery can be issued more freely, tobe colored or added to the decorations and engraving. However, even then, pottery firing techniques like this are usually more fragile.