TRADITIONAL BAMBOO IN BALI

An Oral Tradition Still Alive.

 

For long time some traditional villages in Gianyar Regency are specialized in crafting and manufacturing bamboo for sacred elements, decoration, furniture, panels, construction, music instruments, crafts, etc.It’s a sort of corporation who follows the rules of the traditional Banjar Adat system.

For a Balinese, a “tukang bambu” or bamboo artisan is socially a sort of title.
To get it, you need to know perfectly the raw material and enough competences (sometimes with ingenious techniques) in order to master the art of working properly with bamboo.
And Years of practiceto master the use of tools like carving knife.
Among those craftsmen or artisans everyone has specialties according to his abilities and experiences. Some elders are real masters and become team leaders, fully respected by the youngsters.

The still alive oral traditional fluidize the transmission of the knowledge to the next generation.
Every corporation in Bali is working on the same model. Some villages are specialized in sacred masks,
some in fine fabric, others in stone carving. Sometimes we like to compare their proper knowledge management system as those of the traditional carpenter guilds in Europe who built the cathedrals. This knowledge is precious and just unavoidable when it comes to bamboo construction.

We realize that many countries in the world like Japan, Korea, Philippines have lost or nearly lost those traditional competences. Why? Because youngsters prefer to work in banks or mobile shops in town. It is what we call the tsunami of globalization that cleans out traditional oral knowledge nearly everywhere in the world.

Anyway in Bali and some other parts of Indonesia or in some other countries like our friends in Thailand, Australia, Myanmar, Peru or Colombia, this knowledge is alive and actors are motivated and keen to protect and to expand this precious traditional knowledge

Our workshop is in the heart of traditional bamboo in Bali and we are proud of our craftsmen. Our production team is the core of our business. Their knowledge and competences are the blood that flows in this core.
And we naturally take care of our heart!

Please visit us when you are around!

 

balinese bamboo craftmanship

Pak Wayan Darsa, 30 years more dealing with bamboo

The art of carving bamboo with a knife.

bali bamboo craftmanship

Creativity is infinite with bamboo thanks to artisans knowledge.

A team coordinator controls the quality of the framework.

Morning offerings on project is essential for a Balinese.

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