Wednesday, July 2, 2008

बलि Crafts

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Arts and Crafts

The Balinese are surrounded by art throughout their lives that art is omnipresent in Bali. They make art very basic in their daily lives. However, artistic knowledge is not only commissioned a class intellectual, but is open to everyone at all levels. Painting, sculpture, sculpture and music have always been the province of men, while women channeled their creative energy in creating sumptuous offerings to the gods. In all the festivals, you can see spectacular pyramids of flowers, fruit and cakes up to two metres high, built with such love and adoration which could only be intended to be a supervisor. Although considered a religious practice, Balinese art is not just religion. Bemos, jackets, menus, motorcycles, hotel doors and other objects are decorated with sacred symbols. They do not use this as sacrilege. It is incredible to see so many people in such a small space for so much energy to create beautiful things.


Balinese painting is classified in some groups and styles, with some overlap and some who do not fall within any of the main styles. First, Kamasan or classical painting, which is also called the wayang style. This style can be traced back to the ninth century that the sculpture features Javanese wayang figures, drawings of flowers rich, and flame-mountain motifs characteristic of the traditional Balinese painting. It is also the Pita Maha, which literally means "great vitality". The group was formed when the paint is vanishing as an art form and in a serious decline due to styles more and stagnation. Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet were western artists who, with their boss Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, formed the Pita Maha encourage painting as an art form and to find a market for the best paintings. Other artists theYoung styles and variations of the main Kamasan and young Artists'styles.


The Balinese sculpture natural media - wood, stone, bone, horn, dead wood, and even the gnarled roots of trees. Nowadays, memories size woodcarving is churned success and creations are often produced in series. Any visitor to Bali is likely to be exposed to the woodcarving in all its forms, whether the traditional ornate carved doors, carved figures of gods, or the countless objects sculpted in craft shops .

Woodcarving is a profession practiced on all Bali. Open your ears to listen to the sound of mallet the sculptor and, you know, there are approximately one. It would separate the traditional taxation and foreign influences. However, Balinese are intense observers from the outside world, effortlessly integrating and adapting foreign themes in their work.

For the quality of woodcarving, head to Tegallalang, Pujung and Sebatu, which lies north of Ubud. It is a great space to meet woodcarvers, it is better to take note of the artist's name and visit him at the workshop to negotiate a better price.

Bali is a perfect place for western artists to study their craft. There are lessons sculpture in wood where you can learn to sculpt your own mask in about three weeks.

Mask Carving

It is a specialized form of woodcarving which should be carried out by experts. A very high level of skill is required to produce the 30 or 40 masks used in dances. Barong masks and Rangda are opulently painted and assembled with real hair, huge teeth and bulging eyes. The mask sculpture centre of Bali and east Mas Puaya.


The technique used in stone carving is quite the same as the woodcarving from soft volcanic rock is used. Carving Stone is relatively unaffected by the tourist consumption that most parts are too exorbitant delivery. You can clearly see the stone carving skills in the division distinctive doors, swirling stone friezes, and absurd and threatening mythological statues. The centres are stone carving and Kapal Batubulan.


Bali is also famous for its jewelry, along with Thailand and Mexico, and variations on the same grounds are common to the three countries. Balinese jewellery is almost always the main, therefore rarely molding techniques or use of money imported. The money is extracted in Bali near Singaraja and used for other, and traditional silver filigree. The members of the royal family adorn themselves with gold and silver headdresses, belts, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and anklets to indicate their high status. Even handles krises or daggers and umbrella tips would be made of gold. The village of Celuk is known for its rings, bracelets, necklaces, pins and other objects of money. Kamasan remains the traditional gold and silver jewelry.

Balinese are quick to resume the design introduced by foreigners and will copy things that sell well. Many blacksmiths imagination began to double drawings in international magazines or jewelry designers who have moved to Bali to work.


The first type of textile that you find in Bali is batik, which is popular among tourists and local populations as well. There is imagine the style and quality that you can luck to the whole island, but it is surprising that the batik is actually produced in Central Java, and then shipped to Bali. Bali own production house is a fabric called ikat fabric endek. Ikat is made by linking the fabric son of a fabric before it is woven and then die so that related areas do not absorb dye. The fabric is woven and model, created by the detention of son, appears. This fabric is not very popular with visitors, but is essential to the local population. The ikat faith is made of silk and cotton synthetic son but are also widely used. Also, keep a research kain prada, fabrics woven silk or cotton and decorated with silver or gold or gold leaf. These are colorful handkerchiefs worn by girls at temple festivals and take three weeks to a month to weave.

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