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Built by hand. Clay material comes from local riverbeds. Lombok pottery, ranging from a terracotta colour to rich reddish-brown and black A P O R T R A I T O F B A L I A N D L O M B O K 37 ARTSHOP WARE A large cottage industry has grown up in Bali, based on craft work. It provides employment to thousands of rural families who can no longer make a living by farming. The level of skill demonstrated by a sizeable part of the Balinese population is remarkable. Some craftsmen have an “artshop” in their home.

GONGS Bronze gongs of Carved wooden various sizes form the frame heart of the gamelan orchestra. They are struck with padded mallets or sticks to produce resonant sounds which punctuate the melodies made by keyed instruments. Kemong gong Carved pelawah (instrument stands) are custom-designed for each orchestra. Pot gong Kempur Kempli Gong Ageng A P O R T R A I T O F B A L I A N D L O M B O K DRUMS IN LOMBOK Drums play an important role in the music of Lombok. The island’s main musical traditions reflect Hindu-Buddhist forms which originated in Java and Bali, and others which developed from the traditions of Islam.

Denpasar used to be a royal capital – the kingdom of Badung dominated the southern part of Bali from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century, and its heritage is to be seen in several of its older buildings. Two important cultural centres are here: the Bali Museum (see pp62–3) and Taman Werdhi Budaya (Bali Arts Centre) (see p61). The city lies within Bali’s most important tourist area, a triangle formed by the beach resorts of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu on the west coast, Sanur on the east coast, and Nusa Dua to the south.

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