Thursday, April 2, 2009

World of Wayang Golek

Welcome from Vonny & Lance to the arts and crafts of Indonesia

My name is Lance, my beautiful wife Vonny from Indonesia has run multiple businesses, including trading companies and tourism to and from Europe. We've both traveled to many places around the globe. My wife introduced me to these wonderful Wayang Golek puppets from Java. I fell in love with the wonderful art and skills that goes into making the Wayang Golek puppets, as well as the Ramayana stories. Although our store specializes in Wayang Golek puppets, we will be adding more art from Java and Indonesia as time goes on. We have added a new DVD in our store that shows an actual performance by Asep's son. This is a rare opportunity to see this young man bring the Wayang Golek alive. We hope you enjoy our site and can help spread this information to other cultures.

The Wayang has a strong tradition in the world of Java and Indonesia, representing the struggle between good and evil. The two types of plays are the Wayang Kulit and the Wayang Golek. The Wayang Kulit are two dimensional leather puppets are often referred to as shadow puppets. These are more popular in the areas of Bali. The Wayang Golek are three dimensional wooden puppets and come from Java and the area of Bandung. The Wayang Golek plays usually start at dusk and run to the early morning hours. People come and go as they please. The Wayang Golek puppet master are called Dalang's. The plays are based on the Ramayana or Mahabharata stories. The Ramayana is usually involve Rama , Sinta , Anoman , and Rahwana The main family in the Mahabharata are the five Pandawa brothers and their clown servants. there are also many heros like Gotot Kaca and Srikandi. This site contains information on each of the characters and many more lesser known Wayang Goleks. These puppets are on bases and stand from 24" to over 48". Each Wayang Golek puppet can be removed from the base and both the head and arms can be moved.

These Wayang Golek puppets have very finely detailed carvings on the head and body, with vivid color and detailed paintings. The Wayang Golek body is beautifully decorated in beads and Batik. Some Wayang Golek puppets have wings carved of either leather or wood and are painted by hand. Each Wayang Golek puppet is individually carved by hand making each unique and a collectors item. These Wayang Golek are carved form wood and painted by the artists (Giri Harja III) who make the puppets for dalang Asep Sunarya (puppet master) who performs worldwide. The artists use hair from cats to obtain the extremely fine details and lines. These are Indonesia and the world's finest Wayang Golek puppets.

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