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Toraja House Papercraft (Tongkonan)

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Tongkonan is a traditional house traditional Toraja community. The roof has a boat like shape, comprising the composition of bamboo (to date partially tongkonan receipts the tin roof). At the front there is a row of water buffalo horn. The inside of the room used as a bed and kitchen. Even tongkonan used also as a tomb. Tongkonan derived from the word tongkon (meaning sit together). Tongkonan divided based on the level or role in society (social hirarchy in Toraja). In front the tongkonan is granary, called 'alang'. Poles barns are made from palm tree trunks (bangah) is currently partly already use concrete, In front of the barn there are various carvings, among others, illustrated chicken and sun, a symbol for the complete case.

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Toba Batak House

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The Toba Batak traditionally believe that they originate from one ancestor "Si Raja Batak", with all Margas, descended from him. A family tree that defines the father-son relationship among Batak people is called tarombo. In contemporary Indonesia Batak people have a strong focus on education and a prominent position within the professions, particularly as teachers, engineers, doctors and lawyers. Toba Batak are known traditionally for their weaving, wood carving and especially ornate stone tombs. [Wikipedia]

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Balinese Legong Dancers

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Legong is a classical Balinese dance, originally it always performs by a pair of dancers who are two young girls that never have menstruation yet. The word Legong comes from a word Leg, which mean slow dance movement in balinese. It is characterised by highly stylised slow movements. Its delicacy is heightened by the fact that is performed by richly costumed young dancers, sometimes only four years old, many of whom retire at the tender age of 18.

Legong Dancers Instructions

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Ondel Ondel Papercraft

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Designed by papertoy designer Faisal Azad (salazad). Ondel ondel is very familiar in Jakarta Indonesia, as it a part of native jakarta heritage (betawi). Ondel-ondel is a large human giant like puppet which about ± 2.5 m in height and with a diameter of ± 80 cm, made of woven bamboo, built like a cage, so the puppeteer can wear and animate it from inside.  Male Ondel-ondel is painted in red, while the female painted in white color. These forms show many similarities to those in several other areas. This culture may have come from minority region in china, such as Yunan. I saw a program on discovery channel about Yunan culture, very similar to some of indonesian culture, espesially betawi and dayak culture.

Ondel Ondel Papercraft

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Barong - Bali Papercraft

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Beautiful Barong papertoy designed by Faisal Azad (Fai Salazad - Indonesia) for Paper Replika. Fai is one of the well known papertoy designers around. Some of his works were displayed on recent 2009 papertoy exhibition on Minneapolis Art Gallery, USA. He frequently captured the beauty of  Indonesian culture in papertoy design.

Barong Papercraft

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