At a recent community art and recycling workshop programme in Kota Baru, Kelantan, the members traditional arts group Persatuan Wayang Kulit Sri Cindayu Kota Baru developed a series of wayang kulit (shadow play) puppets using recycled plastic and waste materials.
The workshop programme, which featured young participants interested in the intersection of art, environment, sustainability, and education, was organised by the National Art Gallery.
Dr Lim Swee Tin, a member of the National Visual Arts Development Board, said this innovative project is one of the efforts to cultivate creative ideas as well as to preserve the environment.
“With this effort, the younger generation can learn to draw and shape wayang kulit puppets by using waste materials. Instead of using cow and goat skins, they can now realise wayang kulit puppets in an alternative way,” said Lim at the wayang kulit workshop at Min House Camp, Kubang Kerian in Kota Baru.
“This initiative is not to change the original cultural heritage art. We just want to raise public awareness when it comes to the environment by using waste materials (like plastic) as a (creative) medium,” he added.
Lim mentioned that this wayang kulit series can be broadened with other recycled materials brought into the equation.
“It is not impossible to go a step further and to introduce other materials that can be used to create, enhance and paint these (shadow) puppets.”
Such wayang kulit puppets – made from recycled waste and plastic – can also be diversified not only for (theatre) performances, but also for recycling programmes that can be a valuable income generator for arts communities, he concluded. – Bernama