A learning travel to discover the great possibilities of revaluating a product using simple technology and high art.

For brief explanation about the overall event, click here.

Day 1

Today was the first time we met each other. Yes, we are all individual Travelearners which were united in this learning travel. Most of us are from Semarang, some are from Bandung, Bekasi, Tangerang, Salatiga and Malang.

The first place that we visited today was a creative art community named SAPU Upcycle.

This is Mas Ayok, the co-founder of SAPU as well as our Guru this afternoon. He taught us on how to capture opportunities that are not seen by others. He and his team make products, art and messages from recycled trash, used objects, forgotten bits of everyday use, inner tubes, plastic and glass drink bottles, old magazines, 2nd, 3rd hand clothing .... anything!


With simple technology and high art, they can turn those things into something useful and stylish (upcycling). And we can do it too!

(above) The learning atmosphere.

We were having discussion with the founders of SAPU in their headquarter – a traditional Joglo located in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia.

(left) Mas Dodi, SAPU's co-founder, explaining the process of upcycling inner tubes.

The tools and materials
The tools and materials

Choosing the inner tube pattern
Choosing the inner tube pattern

Just like a tire, each inner tube also has a unique pattern. Thus, every single bag that we made in SAPU were unique based on our taste and preferences.

Yay! Our upcycled bags were finished
Yay! Our upcycled bags were finished

The tools and materials
The tools and materials

Experiencing making a stylish sling bag from inner tubes (upcycling).

In the evening, we were warmly welcomed by "Mommy" Ros Pradono in her house that is located around 5-minutes driving from SAPU headquarter. She took us around the "Borderless Home" while telling the story behind every single details of the house.

It was built by Budi Pradono – one of her sons who work as an architect – as a tribute to his mother and late father, Wahyu Pradono. 

Using bamboo, stone and bricks as the main materials, Budi brings the indigenous, simple-tech methods of local community, and their expertise in bamboo structural systems and stone construction. With a touch of art, he made a powerful shift with bamboo, which are often "marginalized", into modern material.

(above) Pak Budi has won many awards through the concept of 'green architecture', which features trees growing inside as a respect towards nature.

(left) In the garden, an oval-shaped pavilion houses a library that can be used by the local community. Mommy Ros and her late husband love to read. They have many books mainly in economics and science and would like to share their collection to others.

(middle) A bath tub made of intact rock inside the main bathroom.

It is located next to the dining room to provide a more sociable bathing space where Mommy Ros, her children and grandchildren can wash and still feel connected to the living area.

With the concept of open, shared spaces, Pak Budi was trying to bring back childhood memories of the family who bathed in a communal washroom.

We were so happy to be able to taste Mommy Ros' flagship cuisine: spaghetti with squid and beef in tomato sauce. She won a cooking championship with her special spaghetti recipe that we tried tonight. It was served with salad as the appetizer and banana pie for the dessert. Yumm!

"Family Photo"

She has a nice, humorous, and sociable personality. It makes us feels homey here. Seems like we have become one big family.