People used to create sculptures from wood, stone, or even bronze, but with the development of technology, people now create sculptures from fiber, cement, or even plastic.
By having the molds, craftsmen can work more easily and practically. Using the molds enables them to create numerous pieces of exactly the same size and shape.
The fiber sculptures have attracted public attention because they are cheaper and lighter. They can be used as decorative ornaments, mannequins and souvenirs, or for religious purposes.
Craftsmen in Pajeksan, Yogyakarta, created a Maria van Java fiber sculpture that was recently sent to Vatican as an example of Indonesian art.
The prices for fiber sculptures can be high if they are produced in small numbers. The more that are produced, the lower the prices. To produce a sculpture, a craftsman needs to make the mold first from clay.
The difficulty of making a sculpture and its size will also affect the price. A sculpture that depicts a famous person’s face will be more expensive because it is more difficult to make.
Other components that also determine the price are of course the raw materials, which comprise resin, fibermat and talcum powder, the finishing materials and the labor. [yan]