The famous Puppet Museum in Jakarta is also known as Wayang Museum. It provides a spectacular display of different kinds of Indonesian puppet collected from all over the archipelago. The term “wayang” generally refers to puppet theater or the puppet used in the performance. The art is rooted deep in Indonesian culture, with the earliest account of wayang being recorded in 930 CE.
Among the different kinds of wayang, one of the most popular is “wayang kulit” or shadow puppetry, a show that employs the use of light and shadows. It uses two-dimensional puppets usually made of buffalo hide and propped up on bamboo sticks. A lamp is placed behind the puppets so that their shadows are cast on a white cotton cloth, and the audience watches the show on the other side of the cloth. The story is narrated by a Dalang. [Read more…]