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Leather Puppet

Leather puppet handicraft is one of promising industries community, particularly in Yogyakarta as tourist attraction place. Indonesia has rich of cultures and handicrafts product are very diverse. The handicraft products produced consists of various raw materials and one of them is made from leather. With the basic ingredients of skin, use the art of inlaid decoration can be made using the buffalo skin as media of creation. Produced form of leather puppet, wall hangings, ordinary fans, miniature puppets, bookmarks, calligraphy, lampshades, picture frames, hand fan and many more.

This craft is the main decoration inlaid leather puppets are craft that combines of art and history in shadow puppets show. It is due to make shadow puppet required willingness to learn and high power creativity, tenacity and high sense of devotion of puppet story. Shadow puppets as heritage culture from Mataram Kingdom and it is expected to be example of legacy that still maintained. Preserved for continued existence of shadow puppets, especially as the identity of Yogyakarta city.

The decoration craft industry has developed a lot over the years. The leather puppet handicraft has been known by many foreigners. There still community of leather craft maker or Tatah Sungging in Karangasem and Wukirsari villages of Bantul, Yogyakarta. There are many home industrial centre of painting craftsmen chisel. Nearly 80% of the population in the village have profession as craftsmen inlaid decoration.