A female worker wraps incense sticks as two children play next to her at a home factory in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Tangerang Incense Maker in Busiest Period of the Year

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 02, 2021

Tangerang. The demand for incense sticks is rising ahead of the Lunar New Year. Jua Tong, who runs an incense factory in Kosambi, Tangerang, said he must produce at least 7,000 incense sticks per day to meet the current demand. 

Luckily for the 71-year-old, the last few days have been sunny.

His workers must leave the sticks in the sun to dry them. Incense is made from aromatic wood powder and herbs and is usually given a bright red color. Sun drying is the best method to make them burn easily.

Rain has interrupted production in the past week as the country is entering wet season.

Jua has secured orders from customers in Kalimantan and Riau Islands Province, and they must receive the incense sticks before the Lunar New Year that falls on February 12.

Indonesians of Chinese descent pray and burn incense sticks, locally called as Hio, at Buddhist temples or their home during the holiday.

Sunny day is a perfect time to produce hio or incenses at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Incense sticks are left in the sun to dry at the factory in Kosambi, Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker pushes hio raw materials to a machine at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker pours herbs, spices and wood powder into a mixer to produce incense coating. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Red colored incenses are seen at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Most of incense sticks sold in Indonesia have bright red color. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker cuts hio before make them dry under the sun at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A female worker measures and cuts half-finished incense sticks before sun drying them. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker carries dried incences at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker collects sun-dried incense sticks for final treatment. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker carries some red painted incenses at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Incenses dusted with red powder are ready for packaging. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker puts hio to a special table before put them on packaging at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker prepares rows of incense sticks before the packaging process. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Workers collects incenses that ready to package at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Workers select incense sticks before putting them into containers. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker carries dried incenses that ready to package at a home industry in Tangerang on Feb, 1, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A female worker removes rows of incenses from the drying area. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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