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Senin, 19 Oktober 2009
Yogyakarta : Becoming the Leader with Golden Wild Silk
Indonesia now has a perfect opportunity to catch up with those countries: Golden wild silk, the like of which is found nowhere else, is being seriously cultivated, and Indonesia may well take over from these more established silk producers.

Indonesia's seriousness about cultivating wild silk is evident from the increasing utilization of previously empty land. This can be seen, for example, in Karangtengah village, Yogyakarta. Once dry and barren, the area is now lush and green. Row after row of trees and seedlings have been planted to produce raw silk – cashew, soursop, avocado, mahogany, and other species.

Raw silk cultivation in Karangtengah is being developed by the Yayasan Royal Silk foundation (Yarsilk) to produce gold thread and various handicrafts. In the area, covering dozens of hectares, they are concentrating on breeding two varieties of wild silk moth: Attacks Atlas (brown wild silk moth) and Circular (golden wild silk moth). In fact, Indonesia has over 25 species of wild silk moth, but the primadonna is the golden wild silk moth.

Since it was learned that there are so many varieties of wild silkworms, especially in Yogyakarta–through research and discovery assisted by Professor Hiromu Akai, who has served for 20 years as President of the International Wild Silk Moth Society, in cooperation with Gadjah Mada University, which led him to declare that this type of golden wild silk moth has not been found in any other countries. Enthusiasm for silk moth cultivation has been tremendous. Indonesia was granted the opportunity to attend the Second World Silk Moth Conference in Hotaka, Japan (the first was in China and the third in India), to observe how the world's major silk players such as China, India, Thailand and Japan produce such good silk.

After gaining confidence, Indonesia was then honored to serve as host for the fourth world conference, in Yogyakarta in 2002. At this event, golden wild silk was promoted and attracted enormous attention, particularly from the senior players in the silk industry.

Based on the outcome of this conference, Yogyakarta began to pay greater attention to this tremendous potential; many farmers have started to cultivate wild silk moths, which they had previously regarded merely as harmful agricultural pests. Yarsilk, founded in 1998, has guided farmers to develop their silk moth

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