A tray has become one of the complementary paraphernalia in Bali. This ritual means made from wood does not only serve as a container of gebogan (fruit and flower arrangement) and offerings, but also the serving of pedanda or higher priest and wedding buffet. Even, some restaurants have also utilized it to serve their delicacies. Many tray products indeed have been widely available in the market, but the unique one may be only some few. At Kukuh village in Marga, Tabanan, located on Jalan Alas Kedaton, precisely Lodalang hamlet sits a tray craft. Its name is the Mosaic Hindu Bali. The difference of this tray lies in the application of seashell and glass motif.
A tray craftsman, Made Gara, said that his tray craft business was started in 2002-2004 based on a suggestion of a friend. Then, it developed in 2009. “At that time, our production was still in small number because I have not found the right idea. It took many years to get a good quality,” said the man from Tabanan. Having been run and deeply involved, added Gara, such household craft began to discover new ideas. “Virtually for two years since the pioneering I have not got success. At the end, I could gradually improve the quality of product, for example, by creating motif using shells, glass and good workmanship,” he explained.
The youngsters of Bali are indeed truly expert. They are able to conjure up a watermelon, papaya or pumpkin into a beautiful art. Its form and motive also vary. There are in the form of barong, bird, flowers and roots like the Balinese carving motif. The work of art is then combined on a very beautiful dining table. Besides, the young girls also expertly arranged the young coconut leaf into a lamak (one of the ritual paraphernalia of the Hindus in Bali). They processed the coconut leaves and palm leaves into a beautiful spiritual work of art.
It was the Fruit Carving and Lamak Making Competition held by the Student Senate of the Triatma Jaya Tourism Institute (STIPAR), Saturday (Feb 15). The competition involved 27 participants and 8 teams for the lamak making from high school and vocational school across Bali. Aside from the creation, the elements of hygiene, beauty and harmony with the menu also became the assessment criteria of the jury panel.
Gianyar Remains to Hold Ogoh-Ogoh Parade
Celebration of the Ngerupuk (Mar 30), a day before the Nyepi Day 2014 (Mar 31) in Gianyar County is ascertained to be festive. It followed the issuance of the circular that allowed the making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh or papier mâché demon at the Pengerupukan night. Previously, the customary village youth (Sekaa Taruna) worried if the making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh would be prohibited for the reasons of general election.
It is supported by the presence of the circular regarding the celebration of the Nyepi Day in the Saka New Year 1936 No.300/008/BID.II/BKPL/2014 signed by Regional Secretary Gianyar Ida Bagus Gaga Adi Saputra on behalf of the Regent of Gianyar. “The making and parading of the ogoh-ogoh must comply with the requirement,” said the Head of Gianyar national unity, politics and public protection agency (Kesbangpollinmas), I Ketut Arthawa.
Inna Hotel Bali is just like a second home to a sweet couple named Toshimi Iwabe and Takaaki Iwabe. The repeater guests from Tokyo, Japan, have been living for one and a half months at the hotel. They often express an interesting impression every time visiting the hotel. “Every time making a visit to Bali, we always stay at the Inna Hotel. Probably, this is our twentieth visit,” said Toshimi friendly. According to him, Inna Bali was the only city hotel remaining to preserve the Dutch heritage building. “Here, we always book a verandah room because it offers different aura. Moreover, when there is a sound of gig crossing the city street at night, we feel like living in the Dutch era,” he said in awe.
Apart from the attractive Dutch-style building, he said that the situation was too shady and beautiful.”The big trees are still well maintained here. Though being close to the city, the local culture is still preserved. Similarly, the ancient buildings with the hotel facilities are very nice and the service is good. Here is the atmosphere we are looking for,” he said.
Want to look more elegant? If you do, try to wear the attire made of hibiscus woven fabric posing a typicality of Gianyar. This type of fabric features floral motif (hibiscus) specially designed by the government in collaboration with the Gianyar Handicraft Council (Dekranasda). The hibiscus weaving fabric will be launched to coincide with the anniversary of Gianyar Town on April 19, 2014. The fabric is very unique because it combines the working process of batik, ikat and songket. This method is the creation of a new product created by a weaving craftsman IB Adnyana from Blahbatuh, Gianyar. In this process, he does not use wax as commonly used in batik processing, but using air brush techniques.
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