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dO yOu wAnT tO BrEak thE bAnK ?

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Bali is a great place to shop. Hundreds of boutiques and roadside stalls have set up all over the island, and thousands of artisans, craftsmen, seamstresses, woodcarvers, etc. are kept busy supplying the tourist demand. Swarms of vendors crowded the beaches, playing you with trinkets and colorful textiles. Many shop keepers have developed a hard-sell sales pitch reminicents of Hongkong or New York. Sometimes it is a bit of overwhelming, but rare is the visitor who come away without at least one bagfull of souveniers. The variety is literally endless.


  Wood Carvings

You're sure to find good woodcarvings in the woodcarving galleries along the main road of Mas village, (particulary well-known is Ida Bagus Tilem's Gallery and Museum). Also try the villages of Kemenuh, Pujung (past Tegalalang north of Ubud). All types of indegenous wood, ranging from the butter-colored Jack wood to inexpensive bespeckled coconut, are scultured here in bold designs which set the standards for carvers elsewhere on the island. Woods imported from other islands-buff hibiscus, rich brown Javanese teak and black Sulawesian ebony are also hewn into delecate forms by Balinese craftsmen. Hunt for elaborate antique woodcarvings that once adorned gilded temple pavilions or royal palaces, in shops in Kuta, Legian, Kerobokan and Sanur and on the main street to Gianyar, village of Batubulan and Batuan. But always beware that fakes abound.

The artist's center is Ubud, including the surrounding villages of Pengosekan, Penestanan, Sanggingan, Peliatan, Mas and Batuan. The famous Neka Gallery and Museum and the Puri Lukisan Museum. Both in Ubud, will give you an idea of the range of styles and artistry achieved by the best painters. Then visit some of the other galleries in the area : Agung Gallery, Rudana's, Barwa's, Nyoman's, Pengosekan Community artists etc. Examples from every school of painting active in Bali are found here as well as canvasses of young artists portraying festivals and dancers. For bargains try the smaller galleries and artshops in Ubud : Puspa's Gallery is always well-stocked and reasonably priced.

For quality works of art, seek out the galleries-homes of wellknown artists in Ubud such as the late Antonio Blanco, Hans Snel, Wayan Rendi, Arie Smith and the late, great I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. This is a fascinating journey into the world of artis, whose studio is usually at the back of his shop. Many private galleries here afford you the privilege of meeting the painters and seeing them at work.

In other villages, seek out Mokoh and I Made Budi in Batuan. Sanur is chock-full of little shops with unusual paintings by lesser known or unknown artists, including Misran who has a studio on Jalan Tanjung Sari near Sari's cafe.

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For traditional astrological calendars, "ider-ider" (strips of cotton a foot wide 15 feet long which are suspended from the eaves of shrines during temple ceremonies) and painting so-called Wayang style, visit Kamasan just south of Klungkung. This style has been aroung for manu centuries, though real antiques are hard to come by, some exsamples may be found in Klungkung and in antique shops elsewhere on Bali.

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