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In a Java Market

semi-overcast 30 °C

As in all of Southeast Asia markets are where most people do their shopping. Unlike the expensive, chic markets of North America that appeal to the yuppy, vegie, organic crowd, the markets of Yogyakarta don't really appeal to us. The bird market in Yogyakarta has thousands of birds and bats crammed into tiny cages...


There are all kinds of live animals on sale here in these unhygienic conditions...


But even the markets that don't have live animals look pretty dirty...


Would we buy anything from this stall?...


These vegetables looked pretty enticing to our guide, Bangban...

In addition to many markets there are numerous opportunities for shoppers from artisans. Java is famous for its Batik - material that is dyed using hot wax to create intricate patterns by preventing selected areas from becoming coloured...


Another craft that is very common here is the making of shadow puppets from animal hides. These intricately carved articulated puppets take a tremendous amount of time to create...


Posted by Hawkson 18:41 Archived in Indonesia

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