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The story of No Katung, The Only One Crafter of Barongan Kucingan from Blitar City who Still Survive

The story of No Katung, The Only One Crafter of Barongan Kucingan from Blitar City who Still Survive

The story of No Katung, The Only One Crafter of Barongan Kucingan from Blitar City who Still Survive
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No Katung, sculpt wood forming barongan craft on the terrace his house, Kelurahan Sentul, Kepanjenkidul Sub-district, Blitar City, Wednesday (10/17/2018). 

Some of the craftsman already old and retired. There is no one continues those craft.

From there, former factory employee moved for make barongan kucingan craft.

According to No Katung, barongan kucingan is a characteristic of Blitar City. This barongan kucingan looks like tiger head that has characteristic pointed nose and does not have canine tooth.

"There is two type of barongan in here, barongan dragon and barongan kucingan. The typical in Blitar city is barongan kucingan with characteristic pointed nose and does not have canine tooth," he said.

Both of barongan type can be used for the art of jaranan. However, how to use it differently. How to use barongan dragon in a way held it while barongan kucingan used in a way bitten. Its use similar with mask.

"Barongan kucingan used for dancing," he said.

No Katung make barongan kucingan craft only as order. The buyer mostly in the Blitar city. He confessed to have been overwhelmed by receiving orders. People order this day, the items finish one until two months. It is because the number of order.

It is also because No Katung works alone. He had looked for the worker to help make barongan craft, but the result not even maximum.

"It is Difficult to train the worker for make this craft, moreover if they do not have soul art.  Finally, I prefer work alone," he said

For speed up production, No Katung collaborate with his friends. 

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