Wayang is a generic term denoting traditional theater Indonesian but is also known as shadow puppets. Literally meaning «shadow», and between different types of wayang, the wayang kulit («skin») is the best known and appreciated. In Java, the figures are highly stylized and not intended to represent factions naturally human characteristics but express subjective emotions containing items designed to transmit visual media personality.
The performances of wayang kulit are traditionally accompanied by a gamelan in Java, and for a similar ensemble theatrical style in Bali.
The puppets have movable arms, and are constructed in leather. The interpreter, who is called dalang handle handles , give them voice and lead the band.
The representation is made operating the puppets between a light source and a curtain or backdrop on which they cast shadows, which is ultimately what the audience can see.