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Ketambe Adventure - The history of the existence of the mesikhat umbrella is still a mystery. It is mythologically developed as a speech story in society. Umbrella Mesikhat has existed and developed in the Alas Tribe since their ancestors existed. However, there are very few archaeological traces and artifacts that show the historical development of the mesikhat umbrella. The historical events experienced by the Alas people before Indonesia's independence became one of the main causes of the loss of artifacts and archaeological traces. Although Umbrella as a cultural work of the Indonesian people has been listed in the reliefs of the walls of the IX century Borobudur Temple in Central Java. Meanwhile, yarn spinning and embroidery techniques have developed in Indonesia since at least the 15th century AD, which is clearly stated in the Pacitan style wayang beber paintings in East Java. 


However, it is unfortunate that the traces of the history of the mesikhat umbrella have not been revealed until now. Towards Indonesia's independence left a deep wound for the people of Alas. Its fertile land led to massive exploitation of agricultural products by the Dutch, resulting in various social conflicts and popular resistance. The incident of burning traditional houses of buildings that have important meaning to the Alas Tribe by the Dutch in the 1930s has destroyed various important historical relics. This incident was repeated again during the Japanese occupation, the scorched earth of traditional houses, historic buildings, and massive looting of traditional objects and historical objects of the Japanese era in 1944 was an important event in the loss of historical archaeological traces of the Alas Tribe. All valuables were confiscated by the Japanese and barely left behind any valuable artifacts. The remnants of the existing relics were collected by traditional elders and placed in traditional houses, but the G 30/S PKI incident again left deep wounds for the Alas Tribe, where almost all areas of the existing traditional houses were burned to the ground. This heartbreaking event left a deep mark on the Alas Tribe.


The greatest and most profound impact of all these events was the period of Japanese looting. In the 1980s, a researcher from Japan came to Southeast Aceh. This researcher reconstructed all the cultural works of the Alas Tribe, from farming and farming equipment, fishing equipment, handicrafts, and all Alas Tribe knick-knacks. The perpetrators of the reconstruction and some of the people involved in the research were found, but unfortunately the names and results of this Japanese research were no longer traceable. In his research, Payung Mesikhat is one of the reconstructed cultural works of the Alas Tribe. All the results of the reconstruction of the Alas Tribe were brought to Japan, and unfortunately no records and research results were found in Indonesia. As a minority ethnic group that has lost its identity, efforts to extract cultural works have been carried out. In 1990-1995 efforts to collect historical objects were again carried out at the initiative of traditional elders and the plan was proposed to the local government to make a museum, but in 2013 when they left for the pilgrimage, the traditional house caught fire. Since then, the historical archaeological traces of the Alas Tribe have disappeared. Traces of the existence of the Mesikhat Umbrella began to emerge in the 1935s, H. Imam, the chairman of the Traditional Council, told the story of his father's experience that some of the embroiders of the Mesikhat Umbrella were of good quality and had high prices because the tassels were made of gold and silver. their works were ordered by many royal officials. His work is so smooth that his orders also come from the Acehnese nobles. The traces of the existence of Payung Mesikhat began to show clear signs only in 1960 where it was recorded that there were four artists who were capable of making Payung Mesikhat at that time, namely: Mokship (from Lawe Sagu Village), Jemidin (from Bambel Village), Gajul (from Lawe Sagu Village), Shoothu Village), and Isaac (from Lawe Sumur Village). there is no clear record since when they made the Mesikhat Umbrella, but it is clear that in the 1960s they were very famous for making high-quality Mesikhat Umbrellas. Their works are still widely found and kept by the public. Umbrella Mesikhat grew in 1965. At that time, flora and fauna motifs were created freely and were very popular with the public. Swan motifs, bird motifs, chicken motifs and so on which are embroidered with brightly colored threads are very popular with the public.


Artists who have the idea of ​​applying floral motifs and embroidered with gold thread are Ipo and Tok Tajuk. These two artists until now their work is very famous for the subtlety and beauty of their work. In 1973, with the presence of the embroidery sewing machine, Payung Mesikhat grew. At this time the motives applied were increasing diverse. At this time also the motives on Payung Mesikhat began to appear in the form of certain story motives, for example marriage stories, circumcision stories or stories of the Sunnah of the Apostle. The stories are cut in eight chapters according to the space in Payung Mesikhat. This type of motif is still very popular with the public. The motifs contained in the Mesikhat Umbrella include the Pucuk Nibung motif, Bunge Tanjung, Tutup Kerandam, Ekhan Kudi, Place Ketang, Bunge Melati, Tangke Sehkape, Pari Ari, Combination of Umbrella Rebung, and Umbrella Bamboo shoots. The development of modern technology gave birth to embroidery machines with computer technology. In 2015, computer technology embroidery machines were also present in the tribe, which was brought in by entrepreneurs of traditional clothes and Payung Mesikhat to develop their business. The Mesikhat Umbrella, the result of modern technology, is now coloring the market's needs in quite a large number.

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