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Balinese Arts and Crafts in Ubud

October 31, 2019

Perhaps, there is no place on the earth with such a high density of artisans and craftsmen as in Ubud, Bali. Most of the statues here are made by local people that already inherited their ability from generation to generation. Thus, Ubud – or perhaps, Gianyar Regency – is where Balinese arts and crafts born.

You name it, and you can find it here – woodcarving, stone carving, silver and goldsmiths, basket weavers, terracotta and ceramics, full range of handicrafts – the list goes on forever. Here we compiled a shortlist of some of the best things or products available and where you can go to find them.

 

Balinese Arts Wooden Barong Mask

Balinese Wood Carving Arts

Traditional Balinese woodcarving has always been of religious subjects. In the 1930s, a new type of carving developed in Mas near Ubud catering to the tourist market. Today, the best Balinese carving galleries are still there. Another important area for wood carving is on the road up to Sebatu. This region creates most of the new antiques available in the market nowadays. You can also find their specialties, egg carving, been sold here.

The principal part is that you find something you like for a price you can afford. There are also many other Balinese standards like wooden banana trees, wooden flowers, Bali wooden masks, and the type of things that might often be found at lower prices. Wood handicrafts for souvenirs like wooden boxes, wooden nameplate, key chains, dreamcatcher, wind chimes, and many alternative types can be found easily in most art shops in Bali. Some shops are willing to take custom orders, just ask the shop keeper.

 

Balinese Stone Carving Arts used as Guardian at Temple

Balinese Stone Carving Arts

There are numerous types of stone carving, such as traditional Balinese sculpture, hyper-realist animals, modern style, etc. Stone carving prefers material known as volcanic tuff that resembles the color of cement and having earth-tone colors. Many visitors to Bali assume that they are built by machines, not handmade. To see the truth with your own eyes, have a look at the bend in the road in Batubulan, which has long been touted as being the village of stone carvers.

 

Silver and Goldsmiths

The village of Celuk has now lined with galleries, all selling silverware. They are typical Balinese work using granulation and a process of attaching the gold to the surface of the silver. You will find a lot of accessories variations that are simple yet stunning. From bracelet to ring, the detail is magnificent. The trends of the silverware and goldware nowadays are includes everything from traditional pieces to contemporary designs.

 

Balinese Rattan Bag

Source: Artem Beliaikim

Other Arts and Crafts

These include the world-known rattan bag. You can custom order your rattan bag in most of the shop as well, there are a lot of variations to suits your fashion style! Also, don’t forget about paintings. Just like water, paintings are everywhere in Ubud. From large supermarkets, even until your villa sells paintings made by a local artist. Usually, they have their own signature on the bottom of it. If you are the type of people who understand paintings, we recommend you to explore some of the best galleries in Ubud, like TonyRaka Art Gallery or Arma Museum.

All other crafts that also available here are basket weavers, wood puppets, shadow puppets, Bali artificial flower arts, wooden chess boards, and marble chess boards.
Some housewares are also available, such as Balinese musical instruments, textiles, costumes, furniture, primitive statues from the eastern islands, brass bowls, bronze statues, and other decorative items.

 

Balinese Arts as Gate Decoration

Ready to enjoy Balinese arts in Ubud?

Bali is one of the best places in the world to find something cute and beautiful for yourself or somebody that you love. Shopping for art and craft is enjoyable when you stay at one of our villas.

Most of our villa selection in Ubud and Saba have Balinese arts and crafts as their interior decoration. A signature local masterpiece that you can find only in our high-quality selection of villas. You can ask our villa butler where to find it if you want to bring them home. They will be more than happy to help you!

Contact us now and be ready to enjoy the signature art of Balinese with us.