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Balinese Art

Balinese art

The Balinese has no words for ‘Art’ and ‘Artist’ because, traditionally, art has never been regarded as something to be treasured for its own sake. Art is just a part of everyday life, palaces, or festivals. Even the simplest activities are carried out with care, precision and artistic flair. Bali driver could be accompany you to visit balinese art.

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Traditionally, most visitors to the island have found the greatest concentration of the arts in and around Ubud. Ubud is the centre of Balinese paintings. Ubud’s Museum, ‘Puri Lukisan’ hosts the collection of modern works of Balinese art dating from the turn of the century. There are several art galleries and homes of famous artists, such as the Dutch born Hans Snel and Spaniard Antonio Blanco.

No one should miss the charm of Museum Puri Lukisan. Officially opened in 1956, it was built to preserve the heritage of their foundation, the Pita Maha association. The central building houses treasures of both painting and sculpture from the pre-WWII period.

Another well-known museum is Neka Art Museum. Founded in 1976 by Ubud born Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, it has one of the most comprehensive public collections of Balinese and Indonesia art. The museum is laid out in seven pavilions housing seven principal collection.

In Werdhi Budaya Art Center, you can find a tertiary level conservatorium and a Dance and Drama School for traditional Balinese performing arts.

While in the Museum Le Mayeur, about 200m to the north of Grand Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur, you can find the painting of Ni Polok, a local Balinese woman. Ni Polok, wife of Le Mayeur, was a famous traditional Bali dancer.

Mas is the village of wood carvers, where many of Bali’s old masters still live. Art galleries exhibit some of their best works. Visitors can go through the Balinese style houses to view the carved wooden pillars and the artists instructing their apprentices.

Batuan is known for its dancing, wood panel carvings and paintings. whilst, Batubulan village in the northeast of Denpasar, is famous for its stone carvings and antiques, you can find a range of stone figures displayed along the road side. Here, divinities and demons are carved from sandstone for ornaments of houses and temples. You can visit workshops to watch the artists work.

There is also the village of Celuk noted for its gold and silver works of jewelry made using age-old techniques. Those in search of batik clothing or material should not miss Gianyar which has at least 40 different textile factories, offering a little something for everyone.

Source from The Official guide to Bali Complimentary

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.