The day begins with the beating of drums in Tenganan, the village hidden among the hills where, since the VIII Century, the most authentic Balinese traditions are rigorously maintained. The inhabitants regard themselves as descendants of the island’s original population - they have never accepted the Hindu caste system, believing in the spirits of nature and practicing ancient rites. One example is makare-kare, a fight with thorny leaves gathered from the pandanus, a plant in the rainforest, carried out by the men for various holidays. Also typical are the sacred clothes known as the “double ikat”, made by hand and hand-dyed as well, capable, according to tradition, of healing and protecting whoever wears them. In Tenganan, there are no inequalities between men and women who have the same rights and obligations. However, life in the village is not for everyone - citizenship is reserved to those who are born there and it can be lost immediately just by marrying a foreigner. Beyond the entry gate, typical architecture distinguishes Tenganan from all other Balinese villages. The houses with their narrow doors are all built around a single courtyard along with the Drum Tower and the Ceremonial Pavilion. At the northern-most point is the village temple, the Pura Puseh.
From a traditional drink to a true national symbol, arak is so important in Bali that it is used not only on intimate and less official occasions such as moments of joy in the family and in conversations between friends, but also in religious ceremonies.
Natural pigments & dyes in Balinese traditional crafts
Colors play a vital role in Balinese culture and identity: they are symbolic and their origins are sacred. Traditional Balinese arts and crafts arise from the interconnection between man, the forces of nature and the cosmos, resulting in a divine unity.
Ikat Gallery: antiques and high craftsmanship on Bali Island
The Gallery opened its doors in 1980, initially as an antiques shop specializing in ikat fabrics and crafts. Over the years it has successfully expanded its research into the sector of luxury antique furniture and fine jewellery.