27 August, 2008

Bali Trip Day 1 : Celuk Village

Do you like silver? If the answer is YES, then you definately should pay a visit to the Celuk Vilage.

So after we had watching the colourful Barong & Kris Dance. We had made our move to Celuk Village. Celuk Village is very famous with its filigree silver & gold work affordable at a very reasonable price.

Erm......... does it really reasonable? Heh... heh ... depends on how you gona judge it. But for me, they may look nice in the outside but quite "laoya" in the inside. Why do I said so, because mom did bought a pair of ear-rings for my brother (As he had requested earlier on) but before he got chance to wear on it, it's already broken.

There you go, some shots that I took in Celuk Village:

Celuk Village is the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination cause of the local residents is very proactive and full of innovation to the gold and silver crafting. This countryside is located in sub district of Sukawati, Gianyar Regency and owns the individuality and excellence in production of gold and silver crafting. Most of them are Balinese professional, artistic and skillful of design development related to the silver and gold crafting.

The productions of gold and silver at this village have penetrated to the local, national and international market. It can be measured from the type of artwork result and variation of ornament, good as present and also export commodity. The type of gold and silver craft has been produced in this countryside are covering various of rings, bangles, chokers, earrings, mother of pearls, Tusuk Konde, broach and other types. Beside of that, Celuk's workers are able to response the market demands and produce the modern product like medal, maket and culture symbol. In spanning of artistic growth history, the silver and gold crafting had been started by a group of family pertained by Clan Pande. From this family circle, the activity of gold and silver crafting has disseminated to entire society as a top profession which are previously as the farmer. In year 1970's decades, it has been happened the change of countryside society culture significantly from agrarian society structure to industrial society structure of crafting. Even nowadays, some of them have jumped again to the economic structure of service by focusing in tourism industry. The change and jumping movement of these structures have brought the new positive impact for prosperity. Celuk Village, Kuta and Ubud are the prosperous countryside in Bali by the higher resident's income cause of tourism.

Celuk Village is strategically located in main road from Denpasar to Gianyar regency which is about 5 km from Denpasar town. The next door villages are Batubulan Village which is famous of Barong dance and stone carving, Singapadu Village with the art village equipped by places of recreation such as Bird Park and Bali Zoo Park, Batuan Village with the traditional painting, Guang village with the wood carving and Sukawati as a center of art market. Along way of Celuk Village about 2 km, we will find in the left and right side the various type of gold and silver shop which are opened to the domestic and international tourist. It is also inside of this village, we will find the activities and workshop of crafting which are ready to be ordered in small or huge number.

As I'm busy with my photo taking, Rony - the asistant tour guide from Bali try to talk to me. We did shared a lot and exchanged a lot both our country's stories and cultures. My first impression about Rony is that he is a shy guy but cute indeed who doesn't simply talk to anyone. But once he get used with you, you can almost talk to him in any single topics. (He could be talkative though... Don't play play!!!)

Moving on, our next journey will be exploring the world of Bali's woodcarver and have you ever see Indonesia's batik? It's bit different from our very own batik. So sit back and relax. Level is up in the next post as we will entered - the "Mas Village".

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