the wealth and variety of Indonesia’s tradit ional arts and crafts is incredible. The artistry and
creativity of Bali’s artisans is well known. In no way inferior to those of Bali, however, are the wood carvings of Jepara and West Sumatra, the tradit ional ikat textiles of East Nusa Teng S gara, or the batik cloths of Surakar s ta, Yogyakarta, Pekalongan and Cirebon — to name just a few examples.
In many regions of Indonesia, art istry is part of the daily lives of the people. The simplest household utens ils, usually made of plaited bamboo or ratt an, are often artistically ornamented with patt erns that have been passed from generation to generation.
Again, musical expression in Indonesia is often thought to be identical to gamelan. The bamboo flute orchestras of Maluku and some other areas of eastern Indonesia, the kolintang wooden xylophone ensemble of North Sulawesi and the kroncong serenade music of Jakarta seldom come to mind.
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