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Jakarta Post

Spreading magnificence of Prambanan temples

Fri, December 9, 2016   /   12:03 am
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    A man pours resin into a mold to make miniature Prambanan temples.JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    Eko sorts his products to guarantee the quality. He tags the figurines’ prices between Rp 5,000 (36 US cents) and Rp 10,000 each. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    To make the souvenirs solid, it is filled with sand and sealed with cement on the bottom. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    Resin is poured into rubber molds. It takes only 10 minutes for the resin solidify. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    Before being sprayed with paint, the figurines are cleaned from dirt using a brush. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    Figurines made from black resin will be sprayed with dark paint while the cream-colored ones with colored paint. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    A worker sprays a figurine with gold paint. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    A man peels off a white rubber mold from a resin figurine. Latex rubber is used to make detailed figurines. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

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    Miniature figurines in the shape of ashtrays are also sold but are less popular than the typical molds. JP/Magnus Kushendratmo

Eko Yulianto, 39, admires the Hindu temples in Prambanan, Yogyakarta. The tallest one, Siwa Temple, stands 47 meters and has magnificent architecture.

With Mt. Merapi as the background, the temples, built in the 10th century, continuously steal Eko’s heart, a resident of Daleman Lor in Klaten, Central Java.

The temple complex, housing 240 temples in total, is UNESCO World Heritage-listed. 

Eko wants to share the temple’s magnificence with everyone, so he makes miniature figurines of the three main temples: Siwa, Brahma and Wisnu.
Starting in 2000, he had made detailed figurines and would produce about 200 per day with the help of his father.

He said he made the figurines because “he wants everyone to know the magnificence of our ancestors’ heritage.” [evi]