-Bali and Java were on the ancient trade routes between Europe, the Middle East, India and China. They have absorbed influences from all these civilizations. It is reflected in their art.
-Everyday they make offerings to their HIndu gods of good and evil. These gifts are made from palm leaves with fruits, flowers, incense and assorted sweets.
-Elaborate ceremonial decorations grace the temples and religious processions that take place every month.
-Food and drink is artfully presented using flowers, fruit, wood, and stones.
-Both ancient and modern interior spaces use wood, stone, painting and floral arrangements. Multiple living levels in their homes reflect the beauty of the terraced rice fields.
-Men and women wear beautiful batik and ikat sarongs. These weavings are a traditional art form.
-All Balinese are artists. Even farmers and bankers are part time musicians, dancers, wood carvers and weavers.They live with a sense of joy and pride in their world of The Artful Life.
IN FOLLOWING POSTS WE WILL HIGHLIGHT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE CULTURE AND CRAFTS OF THESE INDONESIAN ISLANDS.