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The Balinese are generally very creative. For all the shopaholics, Bali is an ideal destination due to the currency factor and the abundance of affordable local arts and crafts that are of high quality.
Here's my list of what local arts and crafts to pick up in Bali which will give you plenty of enjoyment for years after your holiday stop on the island.
Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ubud
Category: Best of
Traveler type: Culture, Shopping
Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Tourists
If you only have time for a short shopping stop then your best bet is to head over to the Ubud Market which is at the cross roads of Jalan Raya Ubud and Monkey Forest Road. Here you will find all manner of handicrafts (paintings, rattan baskets, slippers, textiles, quilts, metal work, silver jewelery, wood carvings, etc.) and local produce (herbs, spices).
Mind you as this market is geared towards tourists with bus loads of tour groups making this attraction a compulsory stop, bargain hard when you shop.
2. Silver Ware
For a demonstration of how silver jewelery is made and a high-end showroom of jewelery pieces and artifacts Prapen is an option.
Prapen Jalan Jagaraga, Banjar Celuk, Desa Celuk Tel : +62 361 291333
An alternative stop is UC Silver. This is a large showroom of mainly silver jewelery items and is very popular with the tourist buses.
UC Silver Jl. Raya Batubulan GG Candra, Gianyar Tel : 62-361-461511
3. Stone carvings at Batubulan
On route from Denpasar to Ubud you will certainly pass many shops with stone carvings. From oversized Buddha figurines to dancing apsaras, stone lanterns to decorative garden frogs...if you can find it here you can get it custom made. Don't worry about how to carry your purchases back as the shops generally offer shipping arrangements to the major ports in your country.
For a large selection of stone carvings head for the warehouses that supply the shops on the main roads. I made the following stop and spent a couple of hours choosing from an immense collection of stone works :
Yuliani Stone Carving Warehouse : Jl. Pura Puseh Batubulan Sukawati, Gianyar Tel : 62 361 295134
Shop : Tegaltamu - Batubulan
4. Semar Kuning Artist Cooperative
You would find paintings in shops all around Bali. Some in nice galleries especially in the Ubud area, some along the roadside. To see the artisans in action and shop from a large variety of art styles at relatively affordable prices head to the artist cooperatives.
I found some great pieces at the following location. There are no price tags on the pieces so don't be shy to ask for discount.
Semar Kuning I Artist Cooperative Lodtunduh - Ubud - Gianyar Tel : 62 361 974080
In Ubud you will find a couple of shops that sell mainly local ceramic wares. However for high quality ceramics and probably Bali's largest selection a stop at Jenggala is a must.
The showroom in Jimbaran is huge and filled not only with unique ceramic wares for dining but also for large vases and glassware. While a ceramics showroom and hyperactive kids tend not to go together, Jenggala has a ceramics painting workshop to keep the young ones busy. There is a nice cafe there to rest after making your purchases.
Jenggala Keramik Bali Jl. Uluwatu II, Jimbaran Tel : 62 361 703311
6. Wood Carvings at Mas
Small wooden figurines make good souvenirs. However, if you want something impressive to make a statement for your home why not make a stop at the village of Mas onroute to Ubud from Denpasar. Here you can see the artisans making beautiful wooden sculptures and choose from a massive selection at the wood carving workshops.
Again, don't be shy to ask for a discount when making your purchases.
Sila Galery Mas - Ubud - Gianyar Tel : 62 361 973180