Derajat, A craftsmen of a mystical wooden mask.

February 5, 2018
Contest: "Wood and Life" Heritage category
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Ijal Ahad
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Derajat, a craftsmen, said that they start with the logs that we cut down to size using a machete. Then, they cut it to the basic form. Afterward, they hollow the back and in the front carve the figure they have chosen. Most of the members of the group have been living among mask and wooden puppet makers. Some learned from their own fathers, as the village has long been known as a center for the golek cepak and masked dances.

The mask produced in Gadingan is now not only used by local dancers but is also sold across the island. Solo and Yogyakarta, in Central Java, are some of the main markets for the masks, which are sold as popular souvenirs.

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