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Indonesian Batik Art in Bali

Indonesian Batik Art in Bali

Indonesia has a rich textile tradition dating back many hundreds of years, and if there’s one fabric that’s found across all the archipelago’s thousands of islands, it’s batik. The repeating patterns worn across sarongs and shirts are a national symbol, while Javanese batik experts can deduce what city and social class an individual comes from by the pattern they are wearing.

What Is Batik? Batik is a type of cloth dyed using the wax-resist method: A pattern is painted on in wax, and then the cloth is dyed. Once the wax is melted off, blank areas are left. The cloth can be dyed over and over again with different patterns, creating incredibly complex designs. The best batik is still waxed by hand, with the most authentic produced using natural dyes, but the overwhelming majority of what you’ll find on sale is a factory product made with chemical dyes.

Ways to Experience Balinese Batik Art Bali’s batik art tradition may not be as long as that of neighboring Java, but you can still experience this Indonesian art form on the island. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Visit a workshop: Batubulan and Tohpati villages are home to a number of workshops where you can watch batik being produced.
  • Get hands-on: The Arma Museum and Resort in Ubud offers 2-hour classes in Balinese batik, where you create your own designs using traditional Balinese motifs.
  • Shop at a market: Klungkung Market has a stellar selection of batik, while you’ll find affordable machine-made batik at Ubud Traditional Art Market as well.
  • Explore a boutique: Threads of Life in Ubud stocks rare, hand-made fabrics from across the archipelago.
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Ubud Arts & Crafts Tour

Ubud Arts & Crafts Tour

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Visit the town of Ubud and its surrounding villages on this tour of Balinese arts and crafts. With a guide, admire jewelry and other silver and gold works in Celuk, browse items carved out of wood in Mas, and explore high-end shops and galleries in Ubud to see paintings and other items by well-known artists. Watch talented craftsmen and artisans at work while you take a break from the beach to experience a different side of Bali.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.89
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$44.89
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Balinese Cooking Class with Ubud Art Tour

Balinese Cooking Class with Ubud Art Tour

Learn how to cook local Balinese food and spend some time exploring a Balinese coffee plantation and the art village of Ubud with this combo tour. You'll start with a visit to a local market to pick out fresh ingredients, followed by a cooking class. After dining on your own creation for lunch, you'll have plenty of time to visit a coffee plantation and browse art before returning to your hotel.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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Private Half-Day Ubud Art and Culture Tour

Private Half-Day Ubud Art and Culture Tour

Gain fascinating insight into Ubud’s artistic heritage on a private full-day tour from Ubud. With your guide, you’ll visit a traditional Batik market to delight in the color and craftsmanship of the Balinese art. Visit a goldsmith’s workshop to observe the master artists at work and then continue to Tegenungan Waterfall and a traditional Balinese house compound to learn about the local culture. Round-trip transport from your Ubud hotel is included. Receive undivided attention from your private guide on this tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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