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Ondel Ondel Jakarta's cultural icon in transformation

  • Properly dressed: A craftsman dresses ondel-ondel figures in colorful costumes. JP/David Caessarre

    Properly dressed: A craftsman dresses ondel-ondel figures in colorful costumes. JP/David Caessarre

  • Bringing to life: Deny from the Al-Fathir ondel-ondel workshop works on a face of a traditional Betawi ondel-ondel fi gure in Kramat Pulo, Central Jakarta. JP/David Caessarre

    Bringing to life: Deny from the Al-Fathir ondel-ondel workshop works on a face of a traditional Betawi ondel-ondel fi gure in Kramat Pulo, Central Jakarta. JP/David Caessarre

  • Good-looker: An ondel-ondel craftsman smoothens the edges of the face of one of his figures. JP/David Caessarre

    Good-looker: An ondel-ondel craftsman smoothens the edges of the face of one of his figures. JP/David Caessarre

  • Fresh-faced: An orange-painted ondel-ondel face. Craftsmen at the Al-Fathir ondel-ondel workshop use paintbrushes to color their figures. JP/David Caessarre

    Fresh-faced: An orange-painted ondel-ondel face. Craftsmen at the Al-Fathir ondel-ondel workshop use paintbrushes to color their figures. JP/David Caessarre

  • Framework: A craftsman works on the body of an ondel-ondel figure. JP/David Caessarre

    Framework: A craftsman works on the body of an ondel-ondel figure. JP/David Caessarre

  • Having fun: A boy plays around completed ondel-ondel figures in Kramat Pulo, Central Jakarta. JP/David Caessarre

    Having fun: A boy plays around completed ondel-ondel figures in Kramat Pulo, Central Jakarta. JP/David Caessarre

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