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Art And Design

  • Dressing the dancers

    The village of Sukawati in Gianyar has held fast to its arts and traditions that date back centuries.

    Where other communities look to make souvenirs of their traditional arts and crafts; in Sukawati, people continue to create items needed for performances or temple ceremonies.

  • ‘Banten’ captures pure colors of Bali

    Scenes of Bali have never before been exposed in the way that Jan Peter van Opheusden paints them.

    In the “Banten” painting exposition, which runs until April 11 at the Erasmus Huis building in South Jakarta, the renowned Dutch colorist presents daily life in Bali the way he experiences it.

  • Paris Art Fair

    Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the Grand Palais during the Paris Art Fair, in Paris, on Thursday. Art Paris Art Fair, which runs from the 27th to the 30th of March 2014, brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the dome of the Grand Palais. (AP/Thibault Camus)

  • Batik with an Italian touch

    Batik is moving to a new level.

    One of Italy’s oldest fashion schools, Koefia, has not only included batik fashion in its curriculum, but has also paraded its stylish designs on the catwalk.

  • ‘Discourse of the Past’ Titarubi’s take on history

    Titarubi, whose work has been collected and exhibited throughout Asia and Europe, displayed five pieces in the exhibition, including sculptures, installations and a drawing series.

  • Mahendra Yasa’s leap from the ordinary

    Painter Gede Mahendra Yasa rarely included Balinese elements in his previous works because he preferred the Western contemporary style.

  • Sculptors make their mark near Borobudur

    In the hamlet of Prumpung in Muntilan, Central Java, several hundred people make their living as sculptors. The craft is traditional: They claim to be the direct descendants those who built Borobudur temple, which lies about 12 kilometers away.

  • Duck men of Tengkulak

    As a youngster growing up in the wood carving village of Tengkulak on Ubud’s outskirts, Ngurah Umum learned to sculpt the masks needed in religious dances.

  • Decoding batik

    To know batik better, especially why premium batik cloth can cost millions of rupiah for a cloth measuring around 1 by 1.5 meters, the first thing is to recognize the definition of batik.

  • From trash to glittering jewelry

    The sounds of hammers and saws emerge from a house in Malang, East Java, blending with music in the background. Inside, four workers craft silver jewelry.