Jakarta, IO – Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir said the traditional masked dance from East Java has been shortlisted and will be decided at UNESCO meeting next year, per CNNIndonesia, Friday (25/8).
Muhadjir explained that the Ponorogo Regency Administration has completed the requirements as requested by UNESCO.
“We are trying to provide a kind of legitimacy, that Reog Ponorogo deserves to be designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO,” he said.
Muhadjir also said that the local administration has clarified to UNESCO about the use of peacock feathers. He emphasized that the peacock feathers were obtained from the feathers that fell out, not from slaughtered birds.
According to Muhadjir, the local government has a peacock farm where these colourful birds can shed their feathers naturally, which are then collected to make Reog.
On the use of tiger hide, the local government has also explained that it is actually a modified giat skin that is made to resemble tiger skin. (un)