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					                    7 Amazing Types of Bali Handicrafts


There are various kinds of Bali handicrafts which have become famous nowadays as export
products or souvenirs. Entire villages, especially in Central Bali are dedicated to one specific
craftsmanship such as painting, mask carving, stone sculpting, batik or silver jewelry.

The Balinese people are a very creative kind of people and it seems they can make anything
that comes to mind. For centuries they are trained in making the most beautiful pieces of Bali
handicrafts for the temples and palaces of their kings.

Their skills are inherited through family traditions and throughout the years taken to an amazing
level.

Now they still produce various types of art for temples but most of them focus on the export
since they can make a lot more money with this trade.

Here are a couple of villages, which I think are worth visiting when you are looking for that
special piece of painting, silver jewelry or statue...




Bali Masks:

When I stop in the Balinese village of Mas on the way from Denpasar to Ubud I’m always
surprised to see how talented the Balinese are.

The woodcarving pieces are amazing especially the Balinese.

Not only are the masks an amazing sight, but each one of them have their own story to tell...
Bali Statue:

If you need huge Buddha's, horses, Hindu depictions, life-sized Indians or Hawaiian Tikis then
the village of Batubulan just north of Denpasar is the place to go.

Here the art of carving statues has reached a very high level even though they were originally
carved for decorating thousands of temples on the island...




Bali Paintings:

The Balinese were not familiar with the word ‘art’ or ‘artist’ since they had never considered it
to be art.

For them it was part of daily religious life, just like working in the rice fields. This changed when
foreigners arrived in the 1920's and the Balinese adopted new painting techniques resulting into
amazing pieces of art...
Bali Batik:

This is one of Indonesia's most famous and complicated traditional art form of all the Bali
Handicrafts.

It's a technique that applies patterns of different colours to cloth by dyeing in several stages and
by applying wax after each stage to protect areas of unwanted colour.




Bali Textile:

The best Bali sarongs are from the town of Blaju, Tenganan and Gianyar.

In Gianyar there's a textile factory where you can observe the natural dyeing process, hand
weaving and learn how raw cotton becomes hand spun thread. A sarong might come in handy
when you visit any of Bali's famous temples...
Gold and silver:

Celuk, just north of Denpasar is the place to be if you're interested in the Bali handicrafts of gold
or silver.

Traditionally this village has been the place where gold and silver smiths work with precision on
the finest jewelry available on the island. Here also counts that the best deals are to be had in the
alleys and the back roads...




Wayang Kulit:

This mystical and playful form of art involves two dimensional shadow puppets that have
entertained the people in Indonesia for generations.

Once placed between the white screen and oil lamp the puppets become alive...

When I find more of these villages where you can find beautiful hand-made pieces of art I'll try
to let you know as soon as possible so you can have a look yourself and dive into all the Bali
handicrafts on display…

				
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