A variety of Balinese handicrafts and lovely souvenirs became the main attraction to foreign tourists. Creative works of the art exhibited in the arena of the Legian Beach Festival (LBF) 2013 did not just invite them to come, but also to purchase it. “I love these earrings made in Balinese traditional style,” said Leony, one of the beautiful tourists.
Balinese clothing was also liked best by tourists. Moreover, there were various kinds of beach wear with very beautiful floral motif. ”I decided on to purchase the beach wear for a keepsake. Besides, I also purchased a wall decoration made from chicken feather,” said Jacinta, a visitor from Perth, Australia, during a visit to the annual event.
Most exhibitors displayed Balinese handicrafts. Some were in the form of stone and wooden carving, masks puppets, traditional painting, stone necklaces, bracelets and rings. There were also bags, beach wear, skirts, swimwear and hats. Meanwhile, the crafts from outside the region such as puppet show, Cepot, angklung musical instrument, flute, kujang (typical traditional weapon of Bogor) and typical clothes of Toraja were also getting the attention of visitors.
Other than unique, the design and size were also very diverse. The works of art were not only produced in Bali, but also outside the region. Among them, they consisted of North Toraja, East Kutai, West Bandung, Garut, Lamandau, Bogor and the South Sulawesi. “It is a tradition where every year the LBF presents an exhibition of Balinese handicrafts and those of the outside region,” said Committee Chairman of the LBF, I Nyoman Sarjana, amidst the closing of the LBF on Sunday (Sep 8). (BTN/ocha/015)