Bali Place to Shoping

Batubulan renowned for stone carvings. Traditionally, stone sculptures carved from soft volcanic rock (paras) were used to adorn temples and palaces. Now they are sold for export too. The craftsmen can make practically anything you request from a Garuda to a garden gnome. Recently many “Antique” shops have sprung up on the same road, selling items from all over Indonesia. Discerning buyers may well find a bargain.

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Continuing on the road to Ubud, you will pass through Celuk, home of silver and gold artisans.  Huge stores house a wide variety of all types of intricately designed pieces.  The silver filigree work in quite amazing.  Bargaining is a must.  If you can go off the main road into the village where the craftsmen work and live you’ll get better prices.

Sukawati has a new art market and a traditional market on the main road and side streets.  A large assortment of woven baskets can be found here along with Balinese ceremonial items made from colourful “Prada” – gold painted cloth.  These include dance costumes, fans, umbrellas and clothes worn at tooth filings and weddings.

Ubud is undisputedly the centre of the artistic scene in Bali.  It has changed remarkably from the small artist’s village it was ten years ago to a bustling centre of activity with a wide range of Balinese paintings on offer.  Respected galleries such as Neka, Agung Rai and Rudana are worth visiting.  Western artists Antonio Blanco has his collection displayed at his gallery and home and Hans Snel exhibits his painting at his restaurant and hotel off the main road.

Home to woodcarvers, this village and nearby villages specialize in the carving of soft wood figures.  Brightly painted flowers, frogs, fruits, animal figures and Garudas feature heavily.

Gianyar has many textile factories producing all manner of cloth, ikat and some batik.  You are able to observe the weaving process and of course to purchase!

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