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Dakon Batik Wood and Stone Dakon Board Game from Java

Dakon Batik Wood and Stone Dakon Board Game from Java

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-372662

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

In the traditional style of dakon, this board game is handcrafted of wood and decorated with traditional batik designs. Javanese artisan Diana Dewi invites you to play this classic Indonesian game. Each sawah (hole) is filled with five to seven stones and the game is played in turns. Similarly to mancala, each player collects the biji sawo (stones) from one hole and deposits them one-by-one into the following holes. The player scores a capture if the final stone is dropped into an empty hole. If that empty hole is on their own side, known as nembak, they capture the stones of the hole on the opposite side, depositing them into their 'rice bowl.' If the empty hole is on their opponent's side and each adjacent hole contains an equal number of stones, known as mikul, then the player captures the stones from each adjacent hole, as well as the final stone from their previous hand.

  • materials: Pule wood, stones
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
0.8 in. H x 17.25 in. W x 4.7 in. D; Pieces: 0.4 in. Diam.

Artisan Information

Diana Dewi

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I was born in Banjarnegoro, a plateau in Central Java with awesome scenery that includes villages, farms, and craters. My parents were elementary school teachers who cared for me and loved me. I left my parents' home to go to high school and then when I went to the university in Jogjakarta. There, I found a new way of thinking, a new community, and a new activity that led me to a world that I really love — handcrafts.

I'm a married woman and we have three daughters. When my third daughter was born, my husband had a big problem with his business, so I began to work to contribute to the family's finances. This was around October 2011, and I had no capital. But I was determined, even if all I had were my skills.

I was looking for shoppers who appreciate handcrafts, and I thought an online business would be ideal so I could work from home. As a mother, I'm busy with my children. I only worked after all my children were asleep, or in the middle of the night. I finished my work when my children woke up.

Not much came out of that job, but it was a good start for me because I got to know many craftspeople, carpenters, batik artisans, and great artists. I fell in love with them — I even forgot the problems I faced.

I believe there is no such thing as 'coincidence.' Difficulties are just a way of finding happiness. It doesn't matter how big or tough the challenge is, what matters is how we face it, take care of it, get up, and survive.

In 2012, I was recruiting people from my community. They are my neighbors. Some of them are older mothers who don't have many activities, and some are part-time batik artists, painters, and craftspeople. I now supply shops in Jakarta as my little project starts to grow.

I craft some of our work, but now I mainly design new items. Today, my goal is no longer just about money, but also about world recognition for my work. I try many different designs and also always improve quality so our decor accents will look special and unique.

The materials I use are wood, natural rubber, metals, and paints. Our designs are crafted with traditional tools and processes. Most of my them are inspired by our culture, like batik motifs, puppets, and classic shapes or figurines that are representative of the rich culture of Jogjakarta.

I hope you can help me have our work and our culture recognized worldwide.

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


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