Shadow Puppet Carving
Objectives and utilities
carving is a hide-figure handicraft for
Nung Ta-Lung, a folk art, depicting folk tales with a sense
of humor is often lampoons current social or political situations.
Nowadays, Nang-yai, puppet figure is also decorating homes
and Tools Carving Shadow Puppet
1.A piece of hide (from cows, water buffalos, sheep, or goats).
2.A wooden frame for drying the hide.
3.A shadow puppet's pattern/design.
4.A board, a pointed knife, a hammer, and a candle.
5.Natural paint or artificial paint.
6.Clear rubber resin or shiny oil.
Process of Carving Shadow Puppetss
Making shadow puppets is not easy. It consumes time and various
skills are needed. The process is as follow:
1. Preparing the hide:
Pin the cow's or buffalo's hide on the wooden frame and let
it set dry. After it is dired,smooth it and make it flat with
equal level. Nowadays,finished hide from the factory is more
likely to be used.
2. Sketching: Draw a pattern
on the hide.
The popular patterns are mainly characters Form the old folks
(Nang Ta-Lung) such as Pra-Rusee,Pra-Isuan,main actors,main
actresses,giants and the clowns.The widely used patterns for
decorating homes or offices are charactors from Ramakian,a
3. Punching the patterns:
In this step,highly skilled work and delicacy are essential.
The workers need to have experience and pay attention to all
details. The equipments(a board, a pointed knife,a knife,a
punch, a hammer, and candle) are used in this step to make
the pattern on the hide. During the process,the punching tools
need to be greased often by the candle.
3.1 Hammer a punch on the hide through the dot-line in the
3.2 Place the hide on the board. Press a knife to make a design
of Kanok on the sketched pattern.
3.3 Place the hide on the board. Use the punch to make small
holes on the patterns. Different punches will produce different
types of holes.
3.4 Get rid of access hide around the trim. You will then
have a finished cut hide-figure.
4. Coloring: Coloring
Nang-Talung depends on the pattern and the purpose of utilities.
The shadow puppets that will be used in a play will need to
be in bright colors and transparent.
5. Make it shine: This
step is optional. A shiny oil or clear rubber resin can be
applied to make Nang-Talung shiny.