Indonesian Handicrafts

Indonesian arts and crafts display the exotic culture and traditions of this South Asian country. The diversity of the ethnic groups, religion and the influence of the neighboring countries has resulted in the extraordinary art and craft forms of Indonesia.

As the traditions and culture of each of the islands of the archipelago are different the art and crafts of Indonesia are also varied. The thriving tourism industries of Indonesia have adequately used the art and crafts of the country. There is a growing demand of the art and crafts of Indonesia in the western world. The art forms of Indonesia are not limited to handicrafts but performing arts is a big thing in this country.

Indonesian crafts as one of the art products has various styles, patterns and designs, inherited from ancestors with various cultural backgrounds. Traditional or spiritual values from many tribes are reflected in the colors, forms and typical crafts from certain regions which display various meanings related to the ethnic or particular region of origin

Woven cloth is found all over the country, with different motifs, patterns and colors according to their respective region. The noted songket and ikat weaving are made in Sumbawa, Flores, Kalimantan, South Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bali and East Timor.

Meanwhile, basketrys are found in virtually all parts of the country, and many places in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi are well-known for their rattan baskets.

East Nusa Tenggara and Bali are famous for their plaiting of lontar leaves, while Java is widely known for plait work of bamboo and pandanus leaves, in the form of baskets, bags, hats, mats, wallets and household articles.

Earthenware and ceramics have been developed more and more artistically throughout the archipelago Silverware is found in Kota Gede, Yogyakarta and Bali, while Sumatra and Sulawesi are famous for their filigree silver work.

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