goodmorningpapua.com – The VI Congress of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (KMAN) which took place in Tanah Tabi on October 24-30, 2022, brought blessings to souvenir sellers in Jayapura Regency.
As experienced by Anache Ibo, a souvenir seller in the Jembatan Kuning Dock area or Jeku, Ifar Besar Village, Sentani District, Jayapura Regency. His souvenirs were sold well by the KMAN participants, Wednesday night, October 26, 2022.
KMAN participants started hunting for souvenirs since Tuesday, October 25, 2022. They pursued the souvenirs before leaving for Hobong Village, where the workshop took place.
“They buy souvenirs such as noken, sula hats, earrings, bracelets and hairpins. There are about 185 people who will cross Lake Sentani to Kampung Hobong,” said Anache Ibo, Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
Anache Ibo admitted that the sale of souvenirs on the first day was better than the second day. However, the sales results were better than the usual days before KMAN VI took place.
“The first day of the workshop, the income from the sale of souvenirs can reach IDR 600 thousand to IDR 700 thousand. The second day, it was a little less, the income was around Rp. 300 thousand, but it was quite enough compared to before KMAN VI,” said Anache Ibo.
For the price itself, Anache Ibo set a fairly affordable price for the participants of the KMAN VI workshop. A cassowary fur sula hat, for example, is priced from IDR 50 thousand to IDR 200 thousand, depending on the motif and size.
Likewise, Noken bags are priced starting from IDR 80 thousand to IDR 200 thousand. While the price of the hairpin is IDR 50 thousand, followed by earrings from IDR 25 thousand to IDR 35 thousand.
“I am satisfied with the participants who join this congress, because they come here, buy things here. So what we (we) expect, we get,” said Anache Ibo.
From observations in the field, many workshop participants bought more than one kind of souvenir to take home as souvenirs. In addition to selling souvenirs, the vendors also sold a variety of cold drinks and areca nut.