If you are one of many people who enjoys sitting on the sand by the beach, on top of Balinese Sarong, or if one of your sole purpose to visit Bali’s souvenir shop is to but a Balinese Sarong, it might fascinate you to know that Bali has more choices of traditional cloth.
Besides the craftsmanship, Bali is also famous for its various weaving technique, and this time we would like to give you a closer look on them :
Songket, loosely translated as ‘to hook’,is a cloth with weaving technique where they hook and pick a group of thread and slip gold or silver thread to heighten the shimmering effect of the cloth.
Similar to Songket in other cities in Indonesia, Balinese Songket is considered as luxurious and prestigious material that only worn on special occasion and religious events.
The most famous Songket produced in Bali is Sidemen Songket, located on the Klungkung Area, though it was starting to disappear by the early 90’s.
The revival of the weaving industry in the Sidemen valley is mainly can be credited to I Wayan Suartana, the founder of Arta Nadi Workshop. He offered fair pay for the villagers who are willing to continue their weaving work, took his product to many exhibitions around the region and in 2005 he met President Megawati who took an interest in his product and order his fabrics. With fashion designer Samuel Wattimena to advise him, Wayan combined several national traditional motifs without losing the identity of the Balinese motif. Today, his fabrics and those of other weaving workshops around Sidemen have become internationally recognized and together with a resurgence of interest by both designers and visitors to Bali, the art of weaving is assured for generations to come.
2. ENDEK / IKAT BALI
Kain Endek is a piece of art that originally came from Klungkung, Gianyar and Karangasem, produced by using crisscross technique
Once solely the prerogative of high caste Balinese families, nowadays Endek can easily be found and usually are worn as uniforms of Government officials and workers around Bali. As part of the culture of the past, Kain Endek is also commonly used when performing Balinese rituals in temples around the island of the Gods.it has become one of famous Bali’s heritages in the world for its art of weaving, which involves all diligence, patience and a high artistic value. By trying to dispel the image of the ancient and the formal, Kain Endek can be worn by all levels of society. That’s why the cutting patterns and designs have been adapted for today’s teenagers.
3. PRADA BALI
Prada is the name given to the technique of decorating a cloth with gold dust or gold leaf. Prada is not exclusively a Balinese textile. Old javanese sources suggest that it was popular in the aristocratic circles of the East Javanese kingdom of Majapahit. In Bali, Prada can be found in almost every ceremonial function, usually used to decorate ceremonial umbrellas for processions, wraps temples, decorates the penjor ceremonial flags, dancer’s costumes and almost anywhere that some glitter is required.
Besides the above textiles, you might also find other fabrics such as checkered Black and White cloth wrapped around trees, Keling, Bebali, Cepuk or Geringsing and for sure the most famous one is Balinese Sarong. While you might have to go to traditional market to find above clothes, you can find Balinese Sarong in almost every souvenir shops and traditional market in Kuta.