5 Popular Indonesian Handicrafts
Indonesia have many handicrafts that are exquisite and display its uniqueness. Some of them are sold as a souvenir, and some of them are sold as an export commodities. These handicrafts may simply in form of ornaments or decoration, but some are also part of housing furniture, for example wooden-crafted chair, table, or wardrobe. All of these may have been produced anywhere in Indonesia, but each provinces may have their own design and finishing. Without further ado, these are five popular Indonesian handicrafts:
What makes Indonesian woodcarving popular is the quality of the wood itself, and of course the artistic design. Woodcarving arts are usually found in chair, table, or even pillar of the house. Simply put, it can be carved in any part or the house that made from the wood. If you’re from abroad and travelling light, a simple wood statue and relic may suit best to carry on. The type of the wood that is usually used are teak wood, mahogany, timber, and many others. The most famous area in Indonesia for its woodcarving is Jepara. It’s a city in Central Java Province.
2. Craft Puppet
Indonesia has its own puppet named Wayang. Wayang is a puppet theater, played by puppet master (called “dalang”) and the performance of puppet theater is usually accompanied with “gamelan”, a traditional music instrument. Wayang is UNESCO’s Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Indonesia. Wayang puppet can be made of cloth, wood, leather, and many thing else. It’s popular in Java and Bali.
3. Bamboo Wickerwork
Wickerwork can be made from anything. Indonesia famous for its bamboo wickerwork. Anything can be made from bamboo wickerwork for example handbag, wallet, basket, chair, and furniture.
I have written an article especially to tell about Batik. It’s the art of making dots that form a pattern in a cloth using wax-resist dyeing through an instrument called canting. It’s probably the most-sought art piece in Indonesia.
The method of making it is over hundred years old and the pattern as well as the coloring makes batik a truly piece of art. Every Indonesian has it, and one may never leave Indonesia without buying batik shirt or cloth, that’s how popular the batik is.
Ceramic pottery may not come from Indonesia, but the art grows very well in Indonesia, and some of these works are sold international and become famous abroad. The pottery is usually found in the form of vase, sculpture, and many others. Cities in Indonesia that famous for its potteries are Sakok Village (Singkawang, West Kalimantan), Plered in Purwakarta, Klampok Village (Banjarnegara, Central Java), Kiara Condong (Bandung), and Bali.