Photo: Humble beginnings.

Gong Pancasan

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Amidst the din of traffic, about a kilometre southwest of Bogor Botanical Gardens, the tiny Pancasan gong workshop has been banging out traditional metal gamelan gongs for the past two centuries and this family business is now in its sixth generation.

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As you enter the dingy soot-blackened interior you are blasted by a wall of heat and sound of hammering, and as your eyes adjust to the dim light, you’ll catch sight of wiry men pounding gongs into shape with large heavy mallets next to an open fire pit in conditions that would be illegal in many Western countries.

Hard yakka. Photo taken in or around Gong Pancasan, Bogor, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Hard yakka. Photo: Sally Arnold

Clad in grimy trousers and threadbare T-shirts with flip-flops and a thin scarf wrapped around their face for “protection”, the men work on an uneven dirt floor strewn with metal debris and red-hot tools—it seems extraordinary, given the conditions, that they can produce instruments of such acoustic beauty—the finished products are much desired by orchestras from around ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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