Which means moon stone is a center for stone carving. It is also a center for antiques and a variety of crafts, textiles and woodwork, and has some well–regarded dance troupes. Upon entering the city, you´ll see hundred of statues displayed. You are welcome in to watch the workers carving big blocks of soft volcanic stone.
Stone carving, like any of the activities in Bali that westerners call "artistic" is not a secular, or individual, undertaking. While an individual carver may have a reputation for producing quality work, and his services in particular may be sought out by a village to carve its temple walls, he is not considered to be "great" in the same way as a Western artist. His work and the Balinese world for all craftsmen is the generic "worker" is just part of the many necessary and cultural life of Bali.
Balinese stone carving is not religious carving in the sense that what are produced are icons. Stone carvings are frequently portrayals of religious figure, perhaps even deities. There are no holy statues that are worshiped per–se. Even when the spirits are invited down from heaven to enter and occupy the carved figures, the pratimas, that is located in the shrine for that purpose
Celuk is a name of a hamlet at Sukawati Village. It is renowned for its silver crafts. The Population of Celuk Hamlet amounts to 1,800 (375 household head). Every family in the hamlet has a silverwork business.
First generation who initiated silverwork here is I Wayan Kantor. Prior to starting off the silverwork business he was a dagger vendor. His stride was then followed by some other people of Celuk is then identical to goldsmith and silversmith.
4 km east of Celuk, is a lively market town which has become a major commercial centre for local villagers and a chief stop on the tourist arts and crafts shopping circuit.
Sukawati´s main attraction is its art market (pasar seni), at the heart of the village, which trades every day from dawn till dusk inside the market.
You´ll find an array of artifacts, paintings, fabrics, clothing and basket ware displayed on stalls that are put together so tightly.
Prices are very reasonable if you are good at bargaining Besides its market, Sukawati is also famous for its wayang kulit shadow puppet makers and performers.
Mas is popularly known as a major woodcarving centre. It is an ideal place to browse as well as to buy the goods. The history of Mas woodcarvings is related to Pita Maha arts movement which during 1930s encouraged the carvings of secular, traditional as well as religious images or subjects. Today an enormous range of carvings are on display in the Mas shops or galleries.
There are imaginative portrays legendary creatures and erotic human figures. Some of the woodcarving outlets are owned by the carvers and their families.
One of Bali´s most important tourist destinations. It has been a magnet for tourists curious about Balinese arts. Characterized as the real Bali, Ubud has a lot of attractions to enjoy. Besides as an art centre Ubud has an atmosphere which remains undeniably seductive. You can still see the people of Ubud and its adjacent villages do painting, carving, dancing, and making music and religious practices.
There are some villages within Ubud district consider "painter village". With its relatively cool climate, many small but comfortable hotels, excellent restaurants and many fines art shops. This art village is surrounded with natural rice fields where the rice paddies trekking program is excellent organized by some local agencies. Ubud monkey forest is very beautiful to be visited combined with watching Balinese Dances at night in some stages.
You can explore the surrounding countryside on foot or by bike. Shopping is also another interesting pastime too. Balinese carvers and painters sell their wares at every corner. Outlets run by expat fashion designers and artists flourish.