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From Balinese hands to Hollywood heads

  • Claudia Sardi

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 31 2009   /  10:21 am

Hairdo: Orlando Bassi inspects one of his wigs as an employee looks on. JP/Claudia Sardi A small, hidden village near Ubud is not where you’d expect to find a shining slice of Hollywood glamor. But in Abuan, Bangli, a 30-minute drive from Ubud, Orlando Bassi is making wigs for the entertainment world If there is one thing Bassi knows, it is the best hairstyle for a face. He can also tell at a glance if someone’s “hair” is not their own. The spacious factory at the end of a picturesque lane winding through paddyfields is bustling with activity. Dozens of young women sit side by side, their fingers flying as they knot all sorts of hair for all types of wigs: Traditional horse-hair wigs for judges in London, genital hair for sex puppets made from ox tail, and wigs for Hollywood actors. Next door, male workers shape synthetic materials into body parts, in...