ITS–For a long time, many tribes in Indonesia have used various kinds of artwork not only to fulfill their basic needs but also to help them survive. The types and characteristics of their artwork, especially handycrafts, differ from one tribe to another, depending on each culture, art, and level of society development.
The work of these handycrafts were sometimes made in a group of people and sometimes individually. The making of traditional houses and boats, were done in groups, while the making of small tools, such as those for hunting and farming, household utensils, furniture, and even weapons for self-defensewere made individually.
In addition, people in traditional societies also produced some handicrafts that were required in their cultural activities and rituals. Given this, various forms and types of artwork and handycrafts of sacred animals and their ancestors could be found in traditional societies. The raw materials to make such handy crafts were usually taken from the natural resources surrounding them.
Nowadays, many handycrafts which are recognized as cultural heritages have high values from an economic perspective. Some of the tribes who still have many traditional handycraft are the Balinese, the Javanese in Central Java, the Kotagede and Kasongan in Yogyakarta, and the Asmat in Papua.