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Many expats take advantage of the opportunity of living in Indonesia to learn more about its culture, or to begin a collection of art objects or handicrafts that they enjoy.
We go through early days of explorations, through the thrills of discovery and learning, to hunting down particular items you want and acquiring true finds.
Often expats are able to acquire things in Indonesia that they wouldn't have been able to afford at home where import duties and retail mark-ups make the prices skyrocket.
In addition, the purchase of various handicrafts is often associated with special memories ...
Foreign artists have been drawn to Bali for centuries due to this unique cultural synergy.
Motifs drawn from nature - leaves, flowers, mountains, water, clouds, animals often represent religious or mystical symbols related to early forms of animism, then later to Hinduism.
wonderful memories of vacations, the tukang and the fun of searching for the right piece.
With the rupiah exchange rate so favorable against most foreign currencies - great bargains are to be found in Indonesia!
A few months after beginning your exploration of the various Indonesian art forms, certain provinces will soon take on character all their own through the art forms you association with them ...
Javanese batik, Balinese carvings, Kalimantan baby bak, Malukan pearls, Bugis silk sarong, Lombok pottery, Dayak blow guns, Sumba ikat and more.
Visit either Sarinah Jaya or Pasaraya in Jakarta for a good introduction to Indonesian handicrafts, though don't expect to find true antiques there.