So last month Adornment Archive was fortunate enough to visit Bali and the talented craftspeople making our jewellery, we just wanted to stop and take a minute to share some of our experiences.
The Balinese people, are primarily Hindu during though this island’s population also boasts Buddhists, Muslims and Christians all living in Harmony. During our trip we also had the pleasure of visiting temples and seeing the traditional dress worn for celebrations. During our time in Bali we visited Tanah Lot, Besakih Temple and Uluwatu.
At Uluwatu we also saw the Kecak a form of Balinese dance.Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the performers wear a checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting “cak” and moving their hands and arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara led by Hanuman helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
Arts and crafts play a huge role in Balinese culture, and among their artisans is a community of highly skilled silversmiths. While silversmithing is practiced all around the island, there is a concentration of silversmiths in and around Celuk, a village in the south central part of the island. During our time in Bali we also saw wood carvers, weavers and the art of batik in action.
We also made it our mission to try as much famous local cuisine as we could, we successfully ticked, Babi guling, Sate lembat, and crispy duck of the list.
It was amazing to see our jewellery being made and meet the beautiful people making it. Of all the great things we experienced in Bali the kindness, hospitality and happiness of the locals is what really made the trip. Suksma Bali I can’t wait to come back!
Pictures by Ellen Thomas