Where to find Arts & Crafts in Bali


Bali is a mecca for arts and handicrafts. The way they do it over here, is that a particular village will specialize in one thing. I guess this started in the good old Bali tradition of ‘my neighbor is having success doing this, so I should copy’. One expat I talked to said it doesn’t occur to locals to sell other stuff. For example, in Celuk, the silversmith village, they don’t sell woodcarvings. But imagine if you were the only one selling woodcarvings, you might actually sell some!

You can take bus trips to villages that specialize in various products, its easy to get the places mixed up.

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Here is a list of villages with handicrafts:

Bangli – Coconut & Bone carvings / Silver
Banyuning – Pottery
Batuan – Baskets / Painting
Batubulan – Stonecarving
Bedulu – Painting (traditional calendars)
Belayu – Weaving (Songket)
Beratan – Silver / Weaving (Songket)
Blahbatuh – Gongs / Gamelan
Bona – Bamboo furniture & Baskets
Budakaling – Silver & Gold
Celuk – Silver & Gold
Gianyar – Weaving
Jati – Woodcarving
Kamasan – Painting (Wayang style)
Krambitan – Painting
Mas – Carved masks and other items
Mengwi – Weaving
Patean – Pottery
Pejaten – Pottery
Penarukun – Carvings
Puaya – Carved masks / puppets
Sawan – Gamelan instruments
Seminyak – Blogging
Sempidi – Ceramics
Sideman – Weaving
Tampaksiring – Coconut & Bone carvings / jewelry
Tegallalang – Woodcarving
Tenganan – Weaving (Geringsing, double-ikat)
Tihingan – Gongs
Tohpati – Painting
Ubud – Woodcarving / Painting
Ubung – Pottery

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