The Legend of Kretek Klobot cigarettes
1. The Ancient Legend: Roro Mendut Princes of Pati ,later became the wife of Tumengung Wiroguno, one of The war Command of Sultan Agung. Roro Mendut have sold Klobot cigaretes , very famous because the cover’s leave glue by her saliva.
2. The Legend of first Klobot cigarettes (without label):
2.1. Kretek started from the founder Haji Djaman circa 1870-1880 , the legend story : Djaman, native Kudus people feel Chest pain and when smear the Clove oil(minyak cengkeh) the pain relief(menghilang) , due to this fact he started to made experiment to mixed clove and tobacco cover with jagung leaves to be cigarettes and he smoking this klobot routinely until the chest pain had cured (sembuh). Djaman told about his founding the Medicine Cigarettes and when he smoked the Kretek will heard the sound “Kemeretek” that is why the cigarettes were called :”Kretek”. At first Kretek cigarettes was covered with “Klobat” = dry Corn’s leavesthat is why called “Klobot” , he sold 10 klobat binding with string without packetging and labels. Djaman the founder of Kretek Klobot didn’t populer because he was died in 1890. Ten years later Klobot Kretek became popular by Nitisemito , the father of Kretek industries.
2.2.The Legend of Mbok Nasilah and Nitisemito: Nitisemito was the son of Haji Sulaiman and Markanah , born at Janggalah village with surename Rusdi , when his age 17th years the surename change to Nitisemito. He work at many field ,first dress maker-Tk.Jahit -failed because too many money credit( east java), second traders coconut oil not succeed( back home kudus) , third Delman Drivers- duirng this time he met Mbok Nasilah , in 1870 she have made Klobot cigarettes for the Delman(horse carriage) -drivers in order to changed their habit to eat Bettelnuts-(kapur sirih) which many dirty spoiled at her shop(the Mbok Nasilah Shop still exist now as the linen traders Fahrie at Sunan Kudus street). Nitisemito one of the Delman (traditional horse carrieged)’s drivers very fond of the Klobot and Nitisemito Married with Mbok Nasilah, after that Nitisemito developed the Klobot to be the biggest Industrial with promotions (klobot with label). Mbok Nasilah haved made the cigaretes from tobacco and cloves covered with jagung leave , without label, Mbok Nasilah one of the founder of Klobot. (The history of Nitisemito will discussed at Indonesia Kretek Klobot Collection (Koedoes) , Basic History of Kretek Industry at Koedes and Kretek klobot Koedeos label collections, in this blog. after this also put in the blog Kretek Klobot collections from east Java, then from Bali. I don’t have informations and Label collections from Kretek Kawung west Java and Kretek oplosan menyan cetral java. The ililustration consist : the picture of Roro mendut The anciet legenda of Klobot makers. and the Klobot kretek profile.All the information have found via Google eksplorations. Please the Klobot Ciagaretes lebel collectors send the comment and new information about the legend of Klobot, the History of The first Kretek industrial Nitisemito Bal Tiga , the second Nojorono Menakjinggo, and the competitor from Kudus, will discussed in Indonesia Kretek Klobot label collection(Koedoes). I hope the collectors who have the picture profile Nitisemito -Bal Tiga kretek founder and Kho Djie Siong the founder of Menakdjinggo kretek klobot cigarettes will kindly show us via comment in this blog because I didn’t found that photo. Greatings from Dr Iwan S.