tegalalang: handicraft heaven
a road where you can found 1001 kind of handicraft made locally.
the village of tegalalang is famous by its handicraft and its rice terrace. along the main road all you find are shops. they sell the items in retail or wholesale for export.
the price is cheaper since you buy directly from the maker.
What to buy: all kind of handicraft, most of them from wood
Gianyar's Wood Carvers Suffering a Severe Shortage
For the past year,
carvers from Bali's woodworking centers
in Gianyar have faced an ever increasing
shortages of teak wood.
Traditionally, teak wood
used by Bali's wood carvers
originates from Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.
In the past several years
the cost of a cubic meter of
teak wood has increased significantly from
Rp. 1 million (approximately US$95) to Rp. 1.75 million (approximately US$166).
In addition to higher cost of raw materials,
woodworkers are also facing increasing uncertainty of supply.
Despite problems of supply and cost of woods,
Bali's wood working craftsmen have been
reluctant to increase the price of their goods,
concerned that higher priced handicraft would
fail to sell in the a highly competitive marketplace.
Meanwhile, efforts to replace teak with other woods,
such as jackfruit wood,
have not been enthusiastically accepted
by handicraft consumers who still prefer teak products.
According to a report in the Indonesian language
newspaper Kompas, in 2003 Gianyar recorded
14,368 woodworking units employing a total 37,150 workers.
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Along jalan raya Ubud & Penestanan: Buy Balinese Paintings
Start walking from Jalan raya Ubud intersection toward Casa Luna restaurant. Go all the way until Penestanan which is famous for Young Artist workshop
What to buy: Paintings
What to pay: You have to bargain with the shop owner. No such price rules really in buying paintings
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