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Centuries of evolution have produced Indonesian fishing boats that are superbly functional and beautifully crafted. These proud sailing crafts that fishermen take in the beauty and design of their boats are fashioned of local natural materials and because of their flexible design can withstand the continual punishment of wind and waves at high seas.

For hundreds of thousands of Indonesian fishermen and their families, these boats are clearly a matter of life and death. The boats are intimately intertwined with the lives of the people, and strong ancient traditions prescribe how a boat must be built and launched. Elaborate ceremonies are conducted to attract the life-spirit that dwells within a boat, including the symbolic wedding of its male and female parts.

These are local traditional fishing boats docking at a picturesque Sendang Biru fishing village awaiting tidal change, south of Malang City East Java. Taken on a slight cloudy late afternoon as these crafts are safely sheltered along the narrow channel by Sempu Island in the background. Exposed directly to the wide open Indian Ocean, most of beaches on East Java's south coast are proned to sea erosion due to the continuous crashing surf and strong wind. So this is the natural safe haven for anchoring away from hostile condition of the sea which has constantly changed the unsheltered coastal lines.

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: Enjoy the colours close up. The 'awak awak' or crew members having a much needed break but their life cycle will continue soon after sundown

Workshop2: Proud prows neatly arranged as they wait patiently before once again setting off towards Indian Ocean

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