Cee’s Black & White Challenge : Candid Photography – Wayang Maker

Hi Cee!

I am late again for this week. This is my posting for your next challenge and I hope you won’t get bored with my photos.

This was taken in Jogjakarta when I got study tour there along with my students more than 2 years ago. Wow! It’s been a long time you know. But I am always interested in anything about culture, and this is why I shared the two photos here. Candid and he didn’t even know as he was very busy with ‘sculpturing’ a cow’s leather into a wayang character. It takes time to make only one character as it requires patience and sense of art as well as following the rules.

Okay? Enjoy it…special from Indonesia!


Wayang maker 1


The wayang to be

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    Wayang. Wayang kulit. It’s been a very long time since I saw a Malay puppet show. I never knew it took a lot of patience to make one of them…I always thought they were carved out in a matter of minutes with a knife 🙂

    1. As it is representative of our own life. In Malaysia, it’s based on Ramayana story, but in Indonesia particularly Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese until Banjar, it is based on both Ramayana and Mahabharata epochs. There are many types of wayang here. What you see here is only one of them :D.

      Malay puppet show is Thai-influenced as it’s from Kelantan.

      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        That is interesting the Malaysia and Indo wayang are different. Seems like different wayangs have different stories. Well, I’m sure all of them are interesting, with all the different puppets and all 😀

      2. In Johor there was once a Javanese influenced wayang as more than 50% of Johorean Malays were Javanese descendants. Now it’s been extinct. Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei even The Philippines are from one root.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Great black and whites and they both tell a story together. Wonderful.

  3. Pekebun says:

    Nice photo. I haven’t seen/watch wayang for a long time. Are you a dalang?

    1. No, I’m just an ordinary teacher. I took those when I brought my students to a tourism village in Jogja

      1. Cee Neuner says:

        You are very welcome.

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have selected your post to be featured on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

      1. Cee Neuner says:

        You are very welcome.

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