We had a chance to observe a fitting – this 16 year old has CP and has been in her old chair for 10 years – it was way too small for her and it time for a new one.
We then drove to a repair facility in Sukaharjo. This was a 2 hour drive, with the absolutely beautiful countryside of Indonesia on the way.
We arrived at the repair facility in Sukaharjo:
The idea is to repair, refurbish, clean up old chairs so they can be reused. Because chairs come in several styles (Roughrider, Standard, Active, Supportive) and in several sizes, it’s tricky to get the right spare parts to fix all the chairs.
This facility was KPSU “Sehati” (means ‘heart’) Sukaharjo – a ‘sub partner’ of UCP-RUK. UCP can’t be everywhere, so they partner with much smaller, more local agencies that help people in outer areas.
We also got to watch a fitting:
While we were observing a fitting, I noticed these sewing machines:
I asked why they had the machines and they told me they used them to teach sewing skills to some of the locals. They can use that skill then to make things to sell and lo and behold, they shop selling the goods was right next door. I never mind buying from someone like this who is trying to support themselves, so…
So, several shirts, purses and quilts later (Smith: $25; Buell: $35), DeeAnn was done.
The Batik shirt is as Indonesian as it gets. There is Batik everywhere and if you see 10 men in office, 8 will be wearing Batik shirts. Ladies are not to be outdone and there are Batik skirts, dresses and scarfs. On the way back to town, DeeAnn and Donna wanted to stop on Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street), a famous (and very touristy) shopping area in Jogja, and boy do they have Batik.