Although the art shops selling silverworks scattered across the Island of Bali, the silverworks produced by Celuk village remain to become a leading attraction to tourists. Tens or even hundreds of foreign and domestic tourists throng the arts shops existing in the area. “Tourist arrival to Celuk remains crowded. Many accessories like bracelets and necklaces are in high demand,” said Yudiana, the owner of Sudana Silver art shop.
According to him, the quality and design of Celuk silverworks was superior and never lost competitiveness. Design of silverworks applying black, white and gloss color in combination with pretty jewel caused visitors to be tempted. Moreover, they were also embellished with Balinese carving design to make them look charming. “Brooches, rings, pendants, earrings, and miniature sculptures are also in high demand,” he added.
How about the price? The man who is still studying at university said the price varied depending on the type of items. It ranged from tens of thousands to millions of rupiahs for accessories and sculpture, miniature and kris dagger handle. “In this global era, we continue to improve the performance in terms of quality and design. For promotion, we regularly do it via the internet,” he said calmly.
Indeed, almost along the road of the village is decorated with silverwork art shops. Even, most of local residents have the capability to make silverworks. It is said such profession has been done through generations. “This craft has good prospect ahead. Silverworks are always taken advantage as souvenirs by local and foreign tourists,” he said. (BTN/ocha/015)