Traditional Arts in Bali
The existence of traditional arts in Bali is an important asset that supports the development of tourism on Bali Island. The traditional folk art did not get impact by the unstoppable pace of modernization, the people of Bali can still maintain various cultures and artistic creativity till now.
One of the arts that are still sustainable today such as the art of clothing and painting. This is usually the target of tourists as souvenirs and the Kuta Art Market in Denpasar, Bali, has become one of the favorite shopping spots for both local tourists and foreign tourists. There are about 60% of foreign tourists come to this market, choosing any variety of souvenirs that typical of Bali. Trader turnover reaches hundreds of thousands per day.
Kuta Art Market Condition
For those of you who do traveling to Bali must make the Kuta Art Market listed in your list. Because in the market, every tourist can choose various Balinese souvenirs, ranging from clothing with Balinese motifs, bed covers, sarongs, shorts, barong clothes, paintings, and other art items. The foreign and domestic tourists will be being seen passing around this market start at 11 am WITA (West Indonesian Time). The tourists were enthusiastic about observing various Balinese clothes sold in this market.
Generally, most customers buy Balinese shirts with rayon or thin cotton. Not only for souvenirs, but the clothes are also widely worn by tourists during a vacation in Bali. There are also many sellers at independent stores such as Surami store and Bae Dowi.
Kuta Art Market and Its Stores
the Kuta art market is owned by the Kuta Customary Village and first built-in 1975. The management of this traditional market is also under the control of the Kuta Traditional Village. Mudani only continues his parents’ business. The goods it sells are almost the same as Surami. The selling price is also not far adrift.
There are many buyers at the Surami store among the capital’s artists. This market is adjacent to several modern shopping centers, such as Matahari Kuta Square. Surami sells a variety of Balinese clothing, such as T-shirts, pants, sarongs and hats bearing the logo or the words “Bali”. This product range is priced from Rp. 20,000 to hundreds of thousands. Even it can be cheaper, depending on bargaining that is why most tourists prefer to shop at this market because bargaining is possible happened, while in a shopping center which the price is fixed.
But it is different from Bae Dowi. Most of his booth customers are domestic tourists. The ratio is 60% of local tourists and 40% foreign. “Most foreign tourists only look around and don’t buy,” said him.
Singosari, Kuta Village, Badung Regency.
Kuta Art Market is situated in a tourist destination, various facilities are available here, including parking areas, food stalls selling food and drinks, good hotels, mini markets and others. Kuta Art Market is just a few meters from Kuta beach. The Art Market is quite extensive and has quite a long row of kiosks and it takes approximately 20 minutes of 12 km to travel from Denpasar City when using a motorized vehicle.
Kuta Art Market is open from 7 am to 8 pm.