Kites - Whilst maybe not a traditional art form,
in fact kites were only recently introduced into Bali by the Japanese
during their occupation of Indonesia in World War 2, the Balinese
have quickly turned them into an art form. It is not unusual to
see a group of men struggling to put a kite 4 meters (yes, 4 meters
- some of these contraptions can be down right dangerous to passing
aircraft !) into the back of a truck to take down to the beach.
In fact there are laws against flying kites too close around the
airport. The shapes can be winged eagles or tall ships complete
with main mast and sails ! Truly a delight. And when these really
big kites are airborne the wind on the string produces a loud, hypnotic
humming sound. Serious competitions have begun to be staged with
international competitors trying their best against the Balinese.
Airworthy small versions make interesting souvenirs for young children.