Cigondewah is one of the areas in the Bandung Kulon sub-district, Bandung city. Cigondewah is famous for its fabric centers, where APAKABAR buys all the base fabric for our collections.
Cigondewah's reputation became known in the 1990s. As a result, there is an unusual supply of fabrics, such as used or waste fabrics, from factories. These fabrics are leftover waste from textile and garment factories that should be destroyed due to production defects. Instead, employees take fabrics that do not pass the due diligence standard by reselling the used fabrics.
Used cloth is commonly referred to as BS or jablak fabric. BS fabric is usually in demand because the price is much lower than new cloth. BS fabrics can be purchased in small batches by meter or kilo. It can also be purchased in roll form.
Initially, the introduction of the Cigondewah community to the BS fabric business began when several local gunny sack traders appeared for the needs of farmers. The burlap sacks come from the recycling of factory plastic waste. Then after the community became familiar with recycling plastic waste, they transitioned to recognizing fabric waste from textile and garment factories.
The waste cloth business has a skewed reputation. However, bringing along the discourse on the sustainability of the fabric waste business can become an environmentally friendly sustainable business solution. So, it must be admitted that Cigondewah cloth artisans' actors have proven their existence in reducing waste that indirectly threatens the ecosystem.