The Bali handicrafts found in many different markets and street stores are very articulate. I am frequently surprised at how talented the Balinese people are. Some of the handicrafts they can create with their hands alone are a clear demonstration of their artistic talents.
Art in many different forms has been part of the Balinese culture since ancient times. It's no surprise that in these modern times the tradition still exists today. The Kuta art market is one of many places where people can buy some of the Bali handicrafts. Below are some photos of the handicrafts I have seen around Bali.
This particular Bali handicrafts store had this really cool handmade guitar which caught my attention. As I am a musician that has played guitar most of my life, this naturally captured my eye. Anything to do with guitars I love.
I hadn't ever seen anything like this before coming here. There is also a few other handicrafts including a tissue box case that look really nice.
This is another Bali handicraft store I found in the Kuta art market. I found another guitar which caught my attention again. The bongo drums are an added addition to this display of handicrafts which I thought were really well made. After talking with the store owner, I learned that everything here is all totally handmade.
This store has all different kinds of handicrafts. It's also common to see chinaware with a unique and detailed painting design on them like the bowl in this picture.
Wind chimes are a popular handicraft in Bali. They produce a real Balinese cultural kind of sound too. When I walked into this store I could hear all the different wind chimes creating a real Balinese vibe with the sounds they all have.
In the same store as the above picture, it was full of all different kinds of handicrafts including wind chimes, wall handicrafts, wood carvings and paintings. For me it was very intriguing looking at all the different handicrafts and imagining how difficult it must be to create all these by hand.
Statues are another form of art that the Balinese create as I found in this handicrafts store.
It was hard not to notice these sets of plates with absolutely flawless detail in the paintings on them. What I found most impressive by these was how the paintings were all the same but in different sizes.
Here is another Bali handicraft store that had a guitar in there. Of course I had to take a picture of the guitar. There's also some really nice painting designs on the chinaware. I can imagine the attention to detail required to do some of these paintings.
The frog shown in this picture was made out of wood and all one piece. The artist must have carved it out to create the shape of the frog from one piece of wood and then do the painting on it.
The designs on some of the chinaware are sometimes very detailed and must take hours to make. This particular piece of chinaware had all these different little tiles on it all of which had their own individual painting design. The end product as shown here is a really creative, artistic design that looks great.
Art is part of the cultural way of life in Bali. It's common to see different forms of art on display in many different stores. The pictures shown on this page are only a small part of the diverse range of handicrafts the Balinese people create. Some other forms of art seen around Bali include paintings, wood carvings and sculpture.
The Kuta art market is a great place to see lots of handicrafts. Some of the photos from this page were taken at the Kuta art market. Although anywhere around Bali there will be displays of all different art forms. Most Balinese people are artists in one way or another.