Hammock History

HISTORY:

Dimyati Syam was brought up in Java Indonesia with a passion for sewing.  In 1990 he was sponsored by a garment manufacturer to venture to the neighboring island of Bali to set up a garment company.  After four years of training in the field and relying on his Business Management education, he set up his own factory and retail shop in a growing tourist destination known as the Cultural and Healing Centre of Bali.  In the beginning, Dimy hired four young Javanese orphans who were trying to make a living in the capital city of Denpasar.  He provided education, housing and meals and gave them a percentage of income earned from his slowly increasing customer base. 

Hi businesses reputation for quality workmanship  soon spread by word of mouth to international importers who came to Bali on buying trips.  Four more deserving employees were hired and two more sewing machines were purchased to handle the demands. The salaries paid to his factory workers were based on quantity produced which was better than the standard salaries paid to outside workers in Indonesia.  Health and social benefits were also provided to his staff.  If an employee needed a doctor due to illness or pregnancy, Dimy would take them to the hospital and pay the expenses.  Attendance was encouraged if there was a religious ceremony in the workers’ homes or villages.

Then in 2002 the “Bali Bomb” hit this paradise island. “The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia killing 202 people (including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesian citizens”. (Wikipedia)  The island which relies on tourism for approximately 79% of it’s total income was devastated.  After major cleansing ceremonies, establishing a memorial for the lost lives and paying respect to those who left loved ones behind, the people began restoring Bali’s image… only to be hit again in 2005 by the second bomb.  As a Hindu community believing in Karma, the people looked upon these attacks as signs from the Heavens.  They were to better protect the tourist and not steer from spiritual obligations towards material gain and greed.  Approximately three years ago, tourism finally reached the same volume as before the bombs in this small village. 

Many small businesses run by local individuals like Dimy are still suffering from the effects of the bomb.  Unfortunately, one aspect of Bali’s recovery is the increasing costs of rent and materials.  Because Dimyati is a man who cares for people and has great determination, he has remained faithful to his employees by maintaining room, board and salary.  

Currently he is hoping to increase his client base and factory production in order to acquire sufficient income to cover the growing overhead expenses and provide his employees with a more stable salary base.  It is my belief that good things come to good people.

Dimy, your dreams will come true.