Leather handicraft is one of promising sectors of handicraft industry in local community, particularly in Yogyakarta tourist attractions area. Indonesia has rich of cultural and handicraft products are very wide variety. Produced handicrafts made up of various materials and one of them is made from buffalo skin. With basic materials leather, inlaid decoration can be created art that makes creative media work. The handicraft products in form of: leather puppet, leather fan, leather wall hangings, miniature puppet show, calligraphy skin, bookmarks, lampshade, picture frames and many more.
The decoration crafts shadow play is craft that combines art and history of it's own shadow puppets. This is due to make shadow puppet required willingness and high ability to learn, tenacity and sense of love for high culture. The shadow puppet is one of Indonesian heritage ancestors, especially in Yogyakarta. That is expected to be an example of a legacy that must be preserved and maintained to continue existence of shadow puppets as the identity of Yogyakarta.
Inlaid decoration leather industry has developed a lot over the years. Leather’s handicraft has known by foreigner since they travel and visit here. There are many craftsmen inlaid leather puppets that known as Tatah Sungging in Karangasem village of Bantul. Nearly 80% of the people in that village have profession as leather craftsmen with full of Javanese culture knowledge and create it from buffalo leather.