The process behind a timepiece

MATOA Factory Visit is a visit program from activists and local creative industry players to our workshops located in Bandung. During their visit, they will participate in a series of MATOA watch production activities, from wood chips to the finishing stage. They will also have the experience of making MATOA watches with their own hands. The following is the complete story and experience of the MATOA Factory Visit participants!

Rara Sekar

“My search for good and wise local products is still continuing today. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I wanted to fulfill my material desire to own a watch haha ​​but how come I haven’t found the right one, yet. So it was great when we met Lucky Danna Aria from MATOA some time ago. It was really fun when I discussed the background story of MATOA. From their story, I began to know that their wooden watches are actually made from wood recycled from the rest of the furniture factory and wood floors. According to their research, a lot of wood waste around Bandung is eventually thrown away or burned, so instead of being wasted, it is better processed into something useful for many people.

When I was allowed to take a peek at the manufacturing process, I was also introduced and even taught how to put a watch with the craftsmen. The wooden watch craftsmen at MATOA are young people from a village around Ciwidey. They looked solemn as if they were drowning in a trance when engrossed in putting hands on their watches. Actually, they can all use machines, but according to them, cooperation with local communities who actually have craft skills are no less important. “Different, Ra. There are hands who continue to pray in the process”. After returning from MATOA, I wish: hopefully one day local forms of business like this can develop into a form of cooperative based on the economy of solidarity, in which the craftsmen also have a stake and larger portion in decision making and income sharing. So thought of an anarcho bakery in Paris, La Conquête du Pain.

Knowing the hands that make a product, the source of the raw materials, where and to whom the income from a business tastes can make our consumption patterns more “conscious”. To be sure, it’s good to support good things, to get even better. Thank you MATOA for the opportunity! ”

Rara Sekar

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