to Bali Arts & Crafts
The Balinese seem to be the most talented of all of Indonesia's
gifted artisans. Over the centuries there has been a steady steam
of immigrants introducing new ideas, coupled with the generous patronage
of Kingdoms past, Balinese artists have become justly famous.
Indeed the number of foreigners who have been inspired by Bali as
well as the number of Indonesians from other islands who have come
to Bali to hone their craft are testimony to the importance of Bali
in the art world.
As such BaliVilla.com provides a brief - very brief
- overview of traditional art forms just to acquaint and alert the
casual or first time visitor to some of the art produced on Bali
and give greater value to what otherwise would be just another curio.
Until this century Balinese artists produced work (paintings, stone
& wood carving etc.) under the patronage of wealthy kings or
as gifts to decorate the local temple. As such the artists were
only doing their part as a member of the community and therefore
never gave much thought to be recognized for their efforts by signing
their work. In addition, art had to follow very stringent guidelines
so whilst the quality may have varied the content was quite standard.
It wasn't until the arrival of European artists that Balinese artists
learned to express themselves individually and then began signing