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Jakarta Post

SAGIO: Striving to preserve wayang

  • The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, September 11 2012   /  11:11 am

Sagio, 60, is one of only a few Yogyakarta-style wayang kulit (leather shadow puppet) craftsmen who has managed to survive difficult times.

Learning about shadow puppet craftsmanship from his father, Jaya Perwita, beginning at age 11, Sagio has nurtured a deep love of wayang throughout his life.

“It’s wayang that has enabled me to tour the world to introduce the Indonesian art. But it’s also wayang that makes me feel sad and anxious. I keep crafting wayang because I love it. Wayang has helped me survive, and now it’s my turn to preserve it,” said the father of three.

The recipient of the government’s Upakarti Award in 1990 for his devotion to Yogyakarta-style wayang has finely crafted over 250 wayang puppet characters. No wonder that between 1980 and 1990 his works were collected by various museums and sold at high-end hotels in Jakarta.

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