‘Ondel-ondel’ Jakarta’s cultural icon in transformation


Jakarta, posted: Wed, September 12 2018 | 03:22 am

Properly dressed: A craftsman dresses ondel-ondel figures in colorful costumes.

Amid the advancement of digital technology, the culture of indigenous Jakartans, known as Betawi, is slowly fading away.

The ondel-ondel puppet dance as a Betawi cultural icon is entering a period of being wiped from the collective memory of contemporary Jakarta.