29 Jun 2013

My Country......of Thee I Bead................................ The Reveal

Whooosssss..... I almost miss the deadline.....Thank's God.... it is still the 29th June 2013........I have to run my fingers as fast as I can to reach the finish line.....

Before starting I like to thank Nan Smith for including me in this challenge and to my friends from Indonesia, who are also in this challenge, Lilikrist and Asri Wahyuningsih (who now live in USA).
I am from Indonesia, a lovely country spread across the equator....If you do not know where it is please look at Dini's map in Nan's blog ....( love the map very much)
.... I copy it here.

On the right....just over Australia....  lays Indonesia with its islands in red and white colors. The data showed that there are about 17,508 islands (the data varies), big and small, spread along the country. The length of all the islands combined with the seas is 5150 km and the width is 1700 km with the area of the lands is 1,9 million km2 and the area of the seas is 7,9 million km2. I cite the statistics just to show that the country is so wide but on the other hand the islands are spread along the areas... this is one reason among other that made us have so many ethnic groups, each have their own culture...... So for this challenge I picked one from Java island, to be precise from central Java.

This is what I made for my beloved country

the overall look

 The chain

The pendant

Recently I was crazy in love to wire crochet..... so that's what I made for this challenge....I used this technique for this jewelry, both for the pendant and for the chain.

Now the story about the pendant.... it shows 3 figures which we, in Indonesia, called "Wayang" or in English translated as puppet. The Wayang's is played by a "Dalang" (director) and because the Dalang sits and plays the puppets behind a screen and the viewers only can see the shadow of the puppets, the show is called "shadow puppet". To show what I mean, this is a show of "Wayang":

The Dalang plays the puppet (from the Dalang view)

The viewers see the shadow of the puppet

The show usually tells the stories of Mahabrata or Ramayana- India's story adopted by Indonesian's about 1500 year BC- and it takes about 8 hours or so.

My pendant consists of 3 characters from Ramayana, from left to right, Sinta, her husband Rama, and Rama's brother, Laksmana. Ramayana is a love story between Rama and Sinta. Rama is supposed to be a King in Ayodya but he was exiled from his country so that his step brother (Bharata) can be a king of Ayodya. During the isolation, Sinta was kidnapped by an evil giant-Rahwana. But good always win against the bad, so Rama can win his wife back and they live happily ever after. These are their pictures as Wayang;
 Rama and Sinta


This story is played by dancers every full moon in Candi Prambanan (Prambanan Temple) near Yogyakarta (a city in Central Java) and also was put as reliefs in the temple. This is the picture of the dancers playing Ramayana in front of the Prambanan Temple.

Now back to the necklace, I made the chain with white and red color as an image of our flag, our symbol of bravery and purity. 

Hope you like my  necklace and my story....

And these are all other participants, have fun to blog hop in each country;

Nan Smith (host): wirednan.blogspot.ca Canada

Dini Bruinsma: http://angazabychanges.blogspot.ca The Netherlands

Stephanie Weiss : http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com  USA

Ana Cravidao (ACBeads) :http://acbeads.blogspot.com. Portugal

Vera: veradesigns.blogspot.com   Germany (USA)

Delilah: http://mssdelilah.wordpress.com             Romania

LiliKrist: http://pcbylik.blogspot.com                            Indonesia

N Vakentine Studio :  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com  Canada

Karin: maverickbeads.blogspot.ca                                Calgary, Canada

Diah Anggreni : http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com         Indonesia

Karen : www.overthemoon-design.com                                 Australia

Cath Thomas : http://samohtac.blogspot.ca                    Switzerland

Asri Wahyuningsih : http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com     USA

Crysalis Jewelry Design                                              Denmark ( Canada)

Jasvanti Patel: www.jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com         USA

Lola: http://beadlolabead.blogspot.ca              USA

Beccy Peterson           Sweden (USA)

Paula Hisel : www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com    USA

Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com                Germany

Laurie Vyselaar: Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com.     USA

Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com    USA

Anindita Basu: www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com  USA


paula hisel said...

your necklace is absolutely stunning. well done!

Jasvanti Patel said...

Wow, very interesting, I live the pendant!!

ACBeads said...

I love your post. You write beautifuly in English. Your necklace is beyond gorgeous. That pendant you've made has made open my eyes with admiration. I'm now a follower to your blog. Enjoy the day, Ana

Cath Thomas said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration. You did a fantastic work!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

beautifuuul necklace & post...
so Indonesia...hehehe

Liz E said...

Great story and necklace! You make wire crochet look so beautiful

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...


What an excellent post, so full of art and beauty. The Full moon dancers in Candi Prambanan are a lovely part of your country's celebrations. They are beautiful!

Your jewelry is also beautiful! Your colorful chain and stunning pendant are a wonderful tribute to Indonesia. I Love the Wayang figures on your wire crochet pendant.Your love for your country comes through so sweetly and powerfully in your art and your blog. Wonderful!

Love and Happy Blog Hopping,

asri wahyuningsih said...

mb Diah...you make wire crochet sounds easy by doing that necklace in a day...menakjubkan...:-)
Hope , i can learn to wire one day...

LiliKrist said...

hihihi...wayang is a good choice to represent Indonesia.
I love what you doing with the wire crochet. You applyed it almost to all your jewellry design recently =)

Anonymous said...

I like your necklace and story. The necklace is very pretty. I have enjoyed doing wire crochet and Indonesia is high on my list of countries I want to visit.

Dini Bruinsma said...

Since I was a child, I love pictures and stories of and about the wayang figures. The beautiful pendant is very special and a very good combination with the necklace! Just love♥ it...