Arts & Crafts
Balinese culture and sculpture are influence each other. A craftsmen
or carvers of stone and wood produce works that depict religious myths
and beliefs. Before a sculptor could start work on carving , he had to
choose a propitious day and time. Furthermore, he could only use a material
endowed with religious meaning. Sometimes a priest has to initiate the
start of the carving process to endow the material with proper religious
Although the religious carving is dominant, there is also sculpture and
carving that is non-religious. By the end of 20s centuries, the young
carvers of the Mas area were already making birds and statues for commercial
purpose : the freedom of expression was turning a formerly religious art
into a mere handicraft. Western artists influence the evolution of Bali
arts. They guiding the artists with advice and criticism for the renewal
At Batubulan (northeast of Denpasar), the Balinese make sandstone
sculpture for houses or temple ornament, while at Batuan is the
center of wood panel carvings.
Mas is the village of woodcarvers. Old Balinese masters still live here
and their masterpieces are exhibit at the art galleries. Jewelry, mostly
silver and gold, was traditionally practiced by a clan of specialist craftsmen,
the Pande Bratan and they are considered to be endowed with magical power.
The best shops are located in Celuk village, although some have
now opened outlets in Ubud, Kuta and Sanur.
For the best collections of Balinese wood-carving, the visitor should
go to Manis Art Shop & Wood Carver in the village of Mas in Ubud.
The shop is packed with carvings in the classical traditional and contemporary
styles. Among the wood used are ebony, sandal, hibiscus, mahogany and
Another recommended shop is Gallery Alon (Sari Bali Interior), exhibit
complete collection of wood carving. Owned by one of the best woodcarvers
in Mas village, I Ketut Alon.
For Balinese furniture, go to Arwood Design Bali Firniture at Jl. Gunung
Sari, GRP Trading Co.- Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Galleria Furniture in Nusa
Dua, Jimbaran Gallery and Rumah Konderatu in Jimbaran.
Others arts and crafts product you can buy : leather puppets in Babakan,
bronze & bamboo instruments in Sukawati art market, dance costumes
in Sukawati Batuan area.
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