Bali 48 Greetings from Ubud


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Ubud is a remarkable town in the middle of the island of Bali. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. While it once was a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs. Famous names walk its busy sidewalks everyday. Elegant five star hotels and sprawling mansions now stand on its outskirts, overlooking the most prized views in Bali. Nonetheless, Ubud is still popular with backpackers, mystics and all the finest fringe elements of global society. Ubud is not "ruined". Its character is too strong to be destroyed. It still draws people who add something; people who are actively involved in art, nature, anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism, "alternative modalities," and more.

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  • Kumbhakarna Mask
  • Chinese coins or Balinese call it pis bolong are the essential things in many ceremonial celebrations in Bali. The functions depend on the motif crafted on it. Due to the big demand of pis bolong Balinese people are sometimes fooled by fake pis bolong at very cheap price. Let alone many sellers in traditional market sell false pis bolong whereas Balinese need the original one in ceremony. To cope with this problem, Made Sukma Swacita announces his original products at affordable price. Since 2004 Made Sukma has opened his workshop with several employees. His company named UD Kamasan Bali located in Klungkung regency. In a month Made Sukma can be able to produce 401,5 kg pis bolong. Supporting by local government he patented pis bolong trough Bali Heritage Trust. His design is very adorable so that his pis bolong is not only used in local only but is also adorned by some collectors from overseas. In order to supply affordable pis bolong for local use, Made Sukma buys used raw materials such as pans and other things made from metal. Besides, Made Sukma also creates his own mold which is very original. He also takes special sand from Pati, central java, to build the square mold. He creates that mold while dissolving the raw materials. After everything is ready the dissolved material is poured to the mold and take the harden pis bolong out. Made Sukma and his employees also uses pis bolong to create exotic statutes which are used in traditional ceremony and for upscale souvenir alike.
  • Bali 48 Greetings from Ubud

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    3. 3. Craft store Ubud streets
    4. 4. Art market - carving workshop
    5. 5. Carving workshops
    6. 6. Carving workshops
    7. 7. It is important to appreciate the meaning of the swastika in Hinduism. One translation from the original sanskrit is 'that which is associated with well-being'. So the swastika is a symbol of good luck - the clockwise bending of the arms is a charm to bring good fortune. In Bali you will see it on the mantle of many gateways. The swastika has both a clockwise and an anti-clock wise version in Buddhism.
    8. 8. Ubud Art Market
    9. 9. Ubud Neka Museum Jalan Jembawan Padangtegal Ubud
    10. 10. A Balinese feels that his most important duty is to marry as soon as he comes of age and to raise a family to perpetuate his line. A bachelor is in Bali abnormal, incomplete being devoid of all social significance since only settled married men can become the member of banjar and village association.
    11. 11. Inside Ubud market
    12. 12. Batik
    13. 13. Puri Lukisan Art Museum garden
    14. 14. Statue on the roof of the Antonio Blanco Museum
    15. 15. Pemerintah Kabupaten Gianyar Ubud Subdistrict
    16. 16. Hotel in Ubud Kumbhakarna Mask
    17. 17. Hotel in Ubud Kepeng Money Statue Kepengs Chinese kepeng coins were circulating in Bali in the 7th and 8th centuries. They are sold in stringed bundles of 200, about 12 cm across. Both sides are inscribed. One side has Chinese characters. The coins are used as offerings on special occasions such as Balinese birthdays, which take place every 210 days, weddings, burials and cremations.
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