Crafting Bali’s Nature

Nature provides in abundance, and an astute craftsman can immediately envision what great things he can shape out
of them. Other than being a thirst-quenching company to your sunset gazing soiree at the beach, the humble coconut fruit can be trans- formed into something grander and house décor-friendly.

Up in Tampaksiring village in Gianyar, coconut carving skills has been running in the blood for generations and todate the crafts- man’s products—from smaller items such as hair clips and picture frames to tables and cupboards—have been exported across the U.S. and Europe. As a bonus, these coconut handicrafts are eco-friendly since they derive from coconut waste, namely the shell (or tempurung). So you may feel content knowing that you’ve contributed to recycling the organic waste from all those coconut water you drank while on holiday. And if you’ve been to the Green School near Ubud, just like other visitors, you’ll probably be similarly amazed by the bamboo-laden complex. And, yes, Bali also produces the finest bamboo handicrafts, with Bona Village in Gianyar and Belega Village in Bangli being the two most popular places that crafted them where the bamboosmiths are considered to be a prestige title. On the contemporary front, an artisan from Bangli, I Made Putra Wisatawan, created a radio and a power bank from bamboo; while Dutchman Nicolas Masuelli design the prototype carbon-free bamboo electric scooter under his Ewabi brand. If you’re curious about the motorbike, go to Green School where you can rent and try it out for a test drive.

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