Keris Making in Solo, Perpetuating Indonesia Heritage

Thetraveljunkie.org – As a masterpiece of the oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The keris is believed by most scholars and experts to have originated in Java in the 14th century AD. The keris comes in many shapes and styles, but the characteristic feature is the base of the blade called the ganja, where the blade widens to form a pointed guard. This feature distinguishes a keris from other types of edged weapons. The keris is no ordinary dagger. Though it was historically used as a weapon, it has always been an intricate part of Indonesian culture in which it plays practical, social, and mystical roles.

Take a closer look at stunning collections of keris, the traditional Javanese dagger, whose centuries-old mystical lore continues to fascinate and enchant. Discover more about this ancient craft at the keris artisan workshop of Padepokan Keris Brojobuwono, located in the village of Wonosari, not far from Solo. An ancestral technique from a bygone era, the keris-making process itself usually takes from six months to a year depending on which materials are used and the complexity of the design. Precious metals such as gold, silver and gemstones such as diamonds or citrines are used to adorn the most exquisite pieces.

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