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The unique Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Gianyar, Bali

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    Wantilan (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)
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    Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)
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    Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)
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    Sida Karya Putih Mask (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)
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    Dewi Sekartaji Mask from Malang (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)
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    Dayak Kenyah Mask (Photo courtesy of Setiadarma.org)

 

Overview

The Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets, or in bahasa Indonesia, Rumah Topeng & Wayang Setia Darma (RTWSD), is home to the world’s largest collection of masks and puppets, displaying artifacts from multiple regions across Indonesia, many countries around Asia, and even as far as Italy and Africa. This magnificent display of culture is located in the village of Banjar Tengkulak Tengah

The Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets, or in bahasa Indonesia, Rumah Topeng & Wayang Setia Darma (RTWSD), is home to the world’s largest collection of masks and puppets, displaying artifacts from multiple regions across Indonesia, many countries around Asia, and even as far as Italy and Africa. This magnificent display of culture is located in the village of Banjar Tengkulak Tengah in the Gianyar Regency, Bali. Aside from being a cultural tourism destination, the RTWSD is also a center of entertainment, education, and preservation of the art of the Mask Dance and Puppet Theatre.

 

The House of Masks and Puppets was initiated by businessman and culture enthusiast, Hadi Sunyoto. It began as his own personal collection of masks and puppets from various regions around Indonesia, motivated by his deep interest and fascination with the Mask Dance.

 

This later developed into a deep concern about the low awareness and lack of appreciation for The Arts. And with modern entertainment rapidly replacing the traditional, Hadi Sunyoto feared an important part of Indonesian Heritage would soon be forgotten. Hadi believes that masks were not created for entertainment only, but rather project a much deeper meaning to all who stop to watch. In 2006, the House of Masks and Puppets was finally opened. Stored, preserved, and displayed for free, the public can now become more familiar with this part of Indonesia’s history and culture, and come to understand the ways and the meanings of the masks and the men behind them.

 

The building consists of 5 joglo, or traditional teak homes, structured in the styles of housing from several parts of Java. Other facilities included in the House are a study hall, coffee shop, and multifunction hall – often used for performances. Thousands of square meters of tropical gardens surround the House itself, bordered again by stretches of lush green rice fields.

 

Covering 1.4 hectares of land, the collection contains 1,200 masks from Indonesia, Africa and Japan, while the 4,700 puppets come from various regions of Indonesia, China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. All types of Indonesian Puppets can be seen on display such as the Wayang Kulit, flat puppets made from animal skin, and used for Indonesia’s famous shadow plays, Wayang Golek, three-dimensional wooden puppets, Wayang Krucil, flat wooden puppets, Wayang Beber, painted paper scroll puppets, and Potehi which are Chinese puppets.

 

Augustinus Prayitno, Director of RTWSD, states that the collection on display only accounts for half of the total number in storage. RTSWD is managed privately without any government intervention, and although the function of the building may be similar to that of a museum, Augustinus refuses to call it such. Styled more like a home than a museum, friendly and well-informed staff are happy to take visitors on a tour of the House and explain the history and uses of each piece.

 

Many challenges are faced in the collection of such antiques, as some are considered to be sacred, for which special rites are required for these to be used in performance . Yet another obstacle is discovering the meaning of each item, due to limited data and information. This information is usually gathered from verbal history of the local community.

 

Today, this House is a highly sought after destination in the World of Art. Each day, the house is filled with visitors of all walks of life, from the general public, tourists, students, art lovers, historians and researchers.

 

Rumah Topeng & Wayang Setia Darma
Jl. Bingin Tegal, Central Tengkulak Banjar
Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali
Tel.: +62.361.977404 / +62.817.6022234
Email: setiadarmabali@yahoo.co.id
Website: www.setiadarma.org

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To Stay

Alila Ubud Bali is a tranquil hillside retreat perched on the edge of the Ayung River Valley. Just minutes from the island’s cultural center, Ubud, the resorts spacious terraces and private gardens are unlike any other. All rooms and villas are designed with Balinese architecture, and display panoramic views of the Ayung River and a range of volcanoes. Facilities include a boutique, art gall

Alila Ubud Bali is a tranquil hillside retreat perched on the edge of the Ayung River Valley. Just minutes from the island’s cultural center, Ubud, the resorts spacious terraces and private gardens are unlike any other. All rooms and villas are designed with Balinese architecture, and display panoramic views of the Ayung River and a range of volcanoes. Facilities include a boutique, art gallery, infinity pool set above the Ayung River and a Sculpture garden.

Address: Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Karangasem, Bali 80871

Phone: 62 353 41011

Email: manggis@alilahotels.com

Website: www.alilahotels.com

 

The Ubud Village offers a wide range of accommodations in two locations in Ubud. A home away from home, Ubud Village is a resort set amidst the beauty of nature, offering peace, tranquility and relaxation. Rooms are decorated in the traditional Balinese style, complete with a marble bathtub, mini bar, satellite television and a sliding door to a private garden. Facilities include 24-hour room service, art shop, swimming pool, spa and restaurant.

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar 80571 Bali, Indonesia
Phone: 62 (361) 975 571
Email: reservation@theubudvillage.com

Website: theubudvillage.com

 

Ubud Hanging Gardens is a haven set amidst smoking volcanoes and stretches of rice terraces in the heart of Bali. The resort offers a range of panoramic pool side villas, ideal for couples, friends and families. Facilities include an infinity swimming pool, lush tropical gardens, a boutique, and complimentary shuttle bus to the city.

Address: Desa Buahan, Payangan, Gianyar

Phone: 62 361 982700

Email: reservations@ubudhanginggardens.com

Website: www.ubudhanginggardens.com

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Get There

The Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali is an international airport serving multiple domestic and international airports, so getting to Bali should not be a problem at all, regardless of where you are coming from.

 

The RTWSD is located about a 40-50 minute drive from the city of Denpasar, or about 10 minutes from the mountainous town of Ubud.

The Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali is an international airport serving multiple domestic and international airports, so getting to Bali should not be a problem at all, regardless of where you are coming from.

 

The RTWSD is located about a 40-50 minute drive from the city of Denpasar, or about 10 minutes from the mountainous town of Ubud.

To Do

Upon visiting the house, you will be invited to view a vast variety of puppets of all shapes and colors, originating from diverse cultures across Indonesia and beyond. Each mask is accompanied by a narrative of some sort, so visitors can better understand the function of each item. The marks on each mask represent a different culture, purpose and even time period. Uses of masks range from solely e

Upon visiting the house, you will be invited to view a vast variety of puppets of all shapes and colors, originating from diverse cultures across Indonesia and beyond. Each mask is accompanied by a narrative of some sort, so visitors can better understand the function of each item. The marks on each mask represent a different culture, purpose and even time period. Uses of masks range from solely entertainment purposes to mystical magic rituals.

 

Puppets and dolls of Javanese, Betawi, Sunda and Batak origin are also stored neatly within the joglo. A collection of foreign puppets from as far as Italy and China can also be found. One particular item of interest is the mask of the Dogon Tribe in Mali, Africa. The mask is extremely old and tells of a tribe who believe they are descendants of visitors from outer space. Most of the antique masks are displayed in glass cases to prevent damage. A mask from the Dayak tribes of Borneo can be found, estimated to be approximately two centuries old. This mask is simple and made of wood, yet appears to be made from a pumpkin.

 

The history of a puppet can teach you about an ancient civilization or even the history of a nation. Studying the richness of form and creativity can also help us understand the level of skill from multiple eras and regions. Various kinds of wayang puppets, including shadow puppets and grass puppets, can also be seen. Some puppets are a collection of dolls, toys played by princes and princesses.

 

Having the opportunity to see such a large collection of thousands of antiques will prove to be an educational, unique and unforgettable tour. A visit to this house will broaden your impression of Indonesian and even global culture as well as your knowledge of world history and art. All this from just a simple item: a mask.

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