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The Art of Shadow Puppet

Submitted by Tommy Gunawan on November 7, 2009 – 11:56 pm Comments

Have you ever wondered how we came about with logo?

As you may already know, logo is an integral part in for a business and for our logo we chose an epic character from the Mahabrata Story, called Arjuna. Arjuna is also one of the main characters in Wayang Kulit.

Wayang Kulit, or internationally known as Shadow Puppet, is one of Indonesia heritages that received an international acknowledgment as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 November 2003. It is commonly played as a traditional celebration and entertainment in Java and Bali.

Wayang Kulit is performed in the dark by a “Dalang”, the story conductor, who acts the puppets behind a large white screen with a dazzling light from the unsteady flame of an oil lamp.

The “Dalang” manipulates the puppets, sings and speaks for all the characters while tapping out signals to the gamelan music background. The Wayang Kulit stories are usually based on the adaptation of the “Mahabrata” and “Ramayana” classis Hindu romantic tales. However, the Dalang has the full decision on how the story goes and that is why some of the plays are also based on local happenings (current issues) or other local secular stories.

A wayang kulit figure takes several weeks to make. It is a complex handmade process. The artists, who are working in groups, start from a master model which is traced out onto “Kulit” (skin or parchment). The figure is then smoothed, usually, with a glass bottle. After it is smoothed, the artists start painting the puppet. The artists will finish up by attaching the movable parts on the body such as upper arms and lower arms.

Are you curios with how unique a Wayang Kulit play is? Watch the video below:

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