A few days ago we visited Ubud in Bali. It’s a super creative place, loads of artists, craftspeople and performances. I was in Heaven. The temples were full of beautiful sculpted stone statues and the streets full of paintings, carvings, glass sculpture and Indonesian textiles.
We spent a whole day wandering around the art market, artists’ shops and studios and I had a hard time keeping my money in my purse! We’re travelling on a tight budget so we can’t afford to splash out on loads of souvenirs, but I was determined we’d take something from here. As you know, I’ve got a real thing for masks and this place was brimming with them. Stupidly, I forgot to take a photo of the three (yes three) we bought before we posted them home, I’ll show you when I get back. We bought one beautifully carved organic style, pale wood mask from the artist in his workshop, similar to these. I always feel really guilty haggling for this kind of stuff, because as an artist myself, I know how much heart and soul, time and effort goes into your work. But here it’s the done thing and if I want to be able to take this stuff home, I need to buy it cheaply.
The other two were a darker, heavier wood. One beautiful, intricately carved mask of Sita (as in Rama and Sita) like this one and another of the monkey god, Hanuman like this one. I love how dramatic he is!
Like I said, I had a hard time keeping my money in my purse. I could’ve bought so much more, everything was so beautiful, but it was all so inspiring and a real privilege to see the artists at work.