The elements or components of wayang kulit include the master puppeteer or dhalang. The puppeteer is the most important element of the Wayang Kulit. His job is to entertain and teach. With that in mind, he tells captivating stories that capture his audience's attention for hours. The dhalang must have an impeccable memory and a quick mind. In Indonesia, these master puppeteers are usually men.
Another element is the gamelan, a traditional Indonesian orchestra. The orchestra's job is to accompany the puppeteer's story with engaging music.
There are also shadow puppets or wayang kulit. Traditionally, the puppets are made out of cowhide. There are usually seven types of puppets: putri (women), danawa (monsters), dhagelan (clowns), halus (refined characters), gagah (warrior-type characters), wanara (monkeys), and gusen (characters with rough and violent attitudes). Often, a Wayang Kulit will also feature lijepans (refined characters with modest manners) and lanjapans (refined characters with a capacity for violence).
Other elements include a puppet box or kothak, and banana logs for holding the puppets.
For more information, please refer to the following links.
On Thrones of Gold: Three Javanese Shadow Plays, edited by James R. Brandon, Pandam Guritno