Bali Crafts

Bali’s spectacular combined with its deep Artistic, Crafts and Cultural roots……

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Bali driver tour will accompany you to have look craft in Bali , such as woodcarving, stone carving, basket work and textiles are all arts in which the Balinese excel, but there are plenty of other crafts on offer too, from cheap brightly colored kites through traditional shadow puppets to life sized bronze castings of Hindu deities.

There are worthwhile buys in local markets and neighborhood shops which contain the many ritual accessories every Balinese family needs. However, Bali’s artisans are adaptable as well as skilled and much of the craft work on sale is made specifically for the tourist and export trade.

With the occasional exception of the villages around Ubud, very few of the shops in the resort areas produce what they make. Though some sales-only outlets are exceptional for their quality, service or range, it’s often more rewarding to track down the village shops and family workshops where it is possible to see work in progress and buy direct from the craftsmen themselves.

As Balinese crafts have become popular worldwide, the island has also become a showroom for central eastern parts of Indonesia and there is a good deal of craft work on sale from other island, Neighboring Lombok and Java area major sources for a rang of crafts, but there is good deal of basketware from Kalimantan and Lombok, fabrics from Sumba and Timor and occasional pieces from as far as west Papua.

Below are some of crafts you can find :

  • Beadwork, Inspired by the finely beaded Sumatran baskets sometimes seen in antique shops, Balinese craftsmen have been developing beadwork of their own.
  • Buttons, handmade in the millions in Bali and sold to both export fashion buyers and the local garment trade. Materials include coconut shell, wood, abalone and other seashells and horn.
  • Kites, First introdused by the Japanese during their world war II occupation, kites have become a Balinese passion.
  • Lombok Crafts, Many immigrants from lombok have settled in Bali and quite a few run shops selling typical Lombok crafts. Basketweavers there make finely woven baskets in a range of size and pottery is another favorite.
  • Musical Instruments, Balinese music is based on a five-note scale and uses a range of percussion instruments from huge gongs to small metallophones  as well as suling (bamboo flute) and occasionally the rebab, the only stringed instrument traditionally found in this part of the world.
  • Oils & Comsmetics, until recently, the only cosmetics available to Balinese women were those that grew in their gardens or could be harvested from the forest. Nowadays, young urban women by the same shampoos, conditioners and skincare. More and more of the island’s luxury spas are turning to receipts based on the old, traditional jamu preparations like spa oil.
  • Pottery, Traditionally, the only pottery made in Bali used low fired unglazed terracotta to produce everyday items like water jugs, plant pots and clay roof tiles. Nowadays, a few groups of potters, mostly based around Pejaten, not far from Tanah Lot make small glazed ceramics pieces for the tourist market. Also the heavy tableware and large pots imported from Lombok.
  • Temple Decorations, many decoration temple in Bali you can see which is very artistic.

 

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