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Wayang Kamasan Painting and Its Development in Bali’s Handicrafts

I Wayan Mudra, Anak Agung Gede Rai Remawa, I Komang Arba Wirawan
Published: 1 January 2020
 in Cultura

Abstract: The puppet arts in Bali can be found in the Wayang Kamasan painting at Kamasan Village, Klungkung Regency. This painting inspired the creation and development of new handicraft in Bali. The objectives this research: 1. To find the Wayang Kamasan painting in Klungkung Regency; 2. To find the development of handicraft types in Bali inspired by Wayang Kamasan painting. This research used a qualitative descriptive approach, and data collection by observation, interview, and documentation. The results that Wayang Kamasan painting is estimated to have existed since the reign of the ancient Bali kingdom, which was during the reign of King Dalem Waturenggong in Semarapura Klungkung. The Wayang Kamasan painting character painted on a canvas with a light brown base color, stiff, two-dimensional, and the description follows the applied standards. The figures depicted taken from Ramayana and Mahabharata story. The Balinese handicrafts inspired by Wayang Kamasan painting include ceramics, wovens such as sokasi/keben (basket made of woven bamboo), keris sheath, dulang (trays), bokor (bowls), guitars, beruk (coconut shell containers), and others. The authors expect in the future the Wayang Kamasan painting can survive, and emerges the world's concern for its preservation.
Keywords: handicraft / Bali / Kamasan painting / Regency / woven / reign / Wayang Kamasan

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