I always love to purchase mementos when traveling. Not your shot glass souvenirs, but true keepsakes that I can incorporate into my home and life. Our trip to Bali was no exception—and in fact, I had specific items in mind.
First and foremost, I was hoping to purchase a batik sarong. Although batik artwork originated in Java, Indonesia, Bali has also adopted the form and I’ve always found it beautiful. My vision for this sarong (and its an idea completely stolen from my mother) is to use it as a tablecloth in a distinctive celebratory tablescape. Perhaps it will even inspire me to have more dinner parties!
Second, is the piece of ceramic pottery by Gaya Ceramics. This Ubud, Bali based-studio is so popular that they’ve created pieces for some of the top hotels in the region and even pieces for Zara Home. Additionally, they have their own line of pieces, which is what I was eager to get my hands on. I love this small, lidded dish, not only for its color, but for the simplicity of the hand carved geometric pattern.
From the moment we arrived Lukus wanted some sort of woven basket piece, which is another popular Bali craft. This was a piece we really loved both for its unique shape and the fact that it was lidded (can you tell I don’t want my junk on display?!). It has already found its place in our home as where Lukus drops his change at the end of the day.
The item I saved for last was not something planned. Actually, we discovered these during our visit to the restaurant in the rice paddies. These are bamboo straws, meant to replace disposable ones. I love the idea of these, because not only are they cool to look at as compared to your regular polypropylene variety, but, because they are sustainable, they are also a better environmental option. (I actually think you can order them online all over the place!)
Tell me, what kind of items do you look to purchase when on vacation? Or are photos all you need? Also, do you approve of my Balinese wares?