Ukelan (1995)


Women’s hair in many parts of Indonesia is regarded as a personal crown, mahkota wanita, to be displayed in intricate and artistic ukelan (Javanese, chignon) or sanggul (Indonesia).

As such it is often decorated with gold hairpins, comb, pedants and other ornaments.

Therefore ukelan is in a way work of art which can mean different things to different people.

Ukelan is much more than a hair bun for an Indonesian women.

Both hairstyle and faces in these sculptures were much inspired by local and Asian culture.

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