Wonderful Indonesia

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Wonderful Indonesia

Wonderful Indonesia promotes Indonesia as a unique and fantastic destination with something for everyone: from the highest luxury to the most rugged eco-adventure travel. The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches. From spectacular natural sceneries to stunning cultural displays, Indonesia is a multi-faceted destination to be discovered and experienced. Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, Indonesia is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York. It is the world’s third largest democracy with a vibrant economy and a populace that value their diversity and heritage and welcome people from all over the world.

Oh the Places You’ll Go…Wonderful Indonesia. Consistent with the Parade theme the float takes the viewer on a magnificent journey to an exotic place where spectacular cultural and dance occurs just as it has been handed down through generations. The main figures represent one of the amazing traditions on Java—the Wayang puppets of universal communication. Experience Java’s rich cultural heritage with the classic art of Wayang Golek and the mighty temples of Borobudur and the Prambanan. Ancient places that were lost to civilization until the early explorers of the 19th century. Just imagine hiking up a Sumatran volcano…or taking life easy in a 5-star hotel on the white sandy shores of the Indian Ocean… …or saving Orangutans in Kalimantan…..or diving in the colorful reefs of Raja Empat Islands… Places that are as diverse as one’s imagination.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies encourages everyone learn about wonderful Indonesia and then come and see it for themselves. Oh the Places we can all go to!

Fiesta Parade Floats

Height: Satellite = 16 feet / Main = 24 feet
Width: Satellite = 16 feet / Main = 18 feet
Length: Satellite = 20 feet / Maine = 35 feet

With the combining of tradition, pageantry, color and superb artistry, the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economies of the Republic of Indonesia honors the future by celebrating “wonderful” Indonesia’s majestic past. The float serves as a reminder to the Republic of Indonesia’s ongoing preservation, respect and care for the arts, its rich cultural heritage and to welcome guests in discovering and enjoying “Wonderful Indonesia” with its rich history, exciting festivals, friendly people, lavish beach resorts and dense tropical rain forests — all considered to be among the most captivating in the world This magnificent 2-unit float is the second consecutive entry in the Rose Parade after a 15-year hiatus. The front satellite unit depicts a Gamelan orchestra with the traditional sounds of Central Java. Also on the float are floral “stupas” the round dome-like reminders of the world’s greatest Buddhist monument at Borobudur near the City of Solo. Solo is the heart of Java, site of one of the two ancient kingdoms that still today honor their sultan. A profusion of colorful floral designs surround and cradle the live gamelan performers. The centerpiece of Indonesia’s float is a magnificent reproduction of three figures from the Mahabarata—The Mahabarata is an ancient Sanskrit epic poem which is recreated in play using puppets. It is the world’s longest poem with over 200,000 verse lines. Plenty of material for the character in our float–Krishna, Arjuna, and Gatot Kaca. These figures are called Wayang Golek are part of a large cast of characters that have become a central part of culture and education about traditional stories for Indonesians. Typically, the plays with these puppets are orchestrated by a Master puppeteer called a Dalam whose performances may last up to 8 hours in retelling a part of the Mahabarata or Ramayana whose exploits teach traditions and values. Encompassing the Wayang Golek characters are sculptured orchid blossoms – Cattleya, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis, which is the national flower of Indonesia, and among the 2500 species of native orchids grown in the country. The unique music of Indonesia comes from the Gamelan ensemble which traditionally accompanies both dance and Wayang performances. As the float moves along the Parade route, it is accompanied by 20 dancers gaily clad in astonishing costumes, which are all part of the annual Solo Batik Carnival. This event stretches throughout the City of Solo with as many as 400 dancers celebrating the design and reinterpretation of the art of Batik. Batik is a traditional form incorporated in clothing using a delicate process of dyeing and wax resist drawing on the fabrics. Some of these batik patterns are recreated in the float’s intricate patterns.

The inspiration for this dramatic float is based upon the historical and cultural legacies celebrated by some of Indonesia’s over 300 ethic groups that contribute to its rich diversity while welcoming you to celebrate “Wonderful Indonesia”. Indonesia, the world’s 16th largest country by land mass, is situated only on islands, and is home to some of the most breathtaking white sand beaches in the world, captivating tropical rain forests, historical relics, diverse foods, festivals and captivating activities for their guests and citizens.

An eloquent fusion of floral, history and art. The front unit features a highly decorative sculptured gamelan gong elegantly crafted in petals of gold and yellow strawflower. Two floral stupas replicas, the round dome commemorative monuments used to house sacred relics, are decorated in gold clover seed. The second unit features the elaborate floral design detail on the three Wayang Golek puppets feature intricate patterns woven in a spectacular array of color and textures using whole red carnations, white coconut chips, cranberries, kumquats, sinuata statice and pearl onions. Glossy black seaweed, the color black representing nature, has been used for accents while luminous yellow strawflower petals, yellow representing the greatness of Indonesia, are used as an adornment on the magnificent oversized puppets. Fanciful domed umbrellas crafted in gold strawflower petals and purple sinuata static are lined with decorative tassels fashioned from individually crown flower. Framing the two floats are sculptured orchids representing some of the over 2500 species of orchids native to Indonesia. Featured are oversized Phalaenopsis and Cattleya orchids created in crisp white coconut flakes with detail areas in lavender dendrobium florets and yellow oncidium orchids. Golden Tantaus Papaya roses adorn the lush floral arrangements created with over 20,000 dendrobium orchids, hybrid Vanda orchids, ginger, anthuriums, heliconia, King protea, leucadendron and anthuriums and specialty orchids. The Phalaenopsis orchid, Indonesia’s National flower, is predominately featured through the float.

Floral arrangements created with over 20,000 dendrobium orchids, hybrid Vanda orchids, ginger, anthuriums, heliconia, King protea, leucadendron and anthuriums and specialty orchids. The Phalaenopsis orchid, Indonesia’s National flower, is predominately featured through the float.

The Phalaenopsis orchid, Indonesia’s National flower, is predominately featured through the float

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  • Disgruntledvolunteer

    Almost all of the materials listed for the puppets were wrong…. We actually used Gold and Bronze strawflower, Onion seed, Mountain Laurel Seeds, Winter berries, Pink and Purple Status, Orange and Black lentil, Yellow and violet mums, Pumpkin seed, white beans, Bird of Paradise seeds, Seaweed, Gerber Daisies, parsley, radish seed, dockweed, pinecone petals, clover seed, dark flax seed, and a blend of spices for the skin tones. I'm forgetting a couple things as well. The back left puppet used a kind of dried petal for the base of it's dress. Oh, and we used white rice and corn husk. And milled saffron. I'm still missing things. But the point is, of all the materials we Actually used, they only got a handful of them correct. Please use better sources. The float's supervisor or one of the decorates assigned to the job may have been a better choice.