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WW: Hunting Endek and Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics

Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics

 One of my long-time passions is collecting Wastra Nusantara or Indonesian traditional fabrics.

I have been collection various kain or clothes/fabrics from many parts of the country. Be it Tapis Lampung from my beloved hometown Lampung, or Tais from East Nusa Tenggara  and Ulos from North Sumatra. Not to mention Songket Palembang and Brongsong from South Sumatra to Sarung Donggala from Palu and tenun Lombok.

Endek and Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
one of the traditional Endek Bali

As you have probably known, Indonesia is bestowed with amazing arrays of cultural beauty. One of them is reflected in the incredible patterns, colors and shapes of Indonesian traditional fabrics. Every province, every tribe, every area has its own unique traditional clothes. All of them are lovely indeed. That is why I have been smitten since the very first time I laid my eyes on those wastra nusantara  and when I could actually afford them. Some of these kain or fabrics cost you quite a lot as well and require proper treatment.

So when I get a chance to visit some store in Bali selling tenun and songket Bali as well as Endek Bali, I just couldn't help but buying them and adding my collection. I can say I have a soft spot for it. So I managed to get 1 hand-made songket Bali in purple, 2 embroidery kamen Bali, and 6 pieces of tenun Endek Bali. Enough damage for one short visit to the store lol.

And here's what I have and what I enjoy while picking up some of my favorites.

Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
Songket Bali from Sidemen

Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
More hand-made Songket Bali in Balck and Green

Tenun, Bordir and Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
Kamen Bali in various colors

Endek and Songket Bali, Balinese Traditional Fabrics
Endek Bali in purple, blue and white

Aren't they all beautiful? Which one do you like?

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Welcome sign at Bali International Ngurah Rai Airport
Welcome (back) to Bali!

This week I am heading back to Bali!

BALI again? Indeed!

Bali.. never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times I have been here, I can't stop exploring every beautiful part of this island. Don't get me wrong. I'm not just promoting it but once you have set foot in their remarkable island, you will be smitten instantly by its beauty. Well, who wouldn't? When you can enjoy the fresh air under the brilliant blue sky and plunge to the turquoise water, you will certainly feel so blessed in this life. Not to mention the utterly friendliness of the the Balinese, who never forget to smile and greet you.

The beach at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort
The beach at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort

This time, Nusa Dua is where I stayed and I can't tell you how excited I am to go back here again. Nusa Dua is a paradise indeed and the fact that its location is quite secluded from the rest of Kuta makes this are so tranquil and peaceful. We have meetings at this place and later on, Bali Democracy Forum, the annual high - level dialog on democracy will be held here as well.

Many places in Bali are now ready to welcome everyone again with new health protocol. The principles of Cleanliness, Health, Safety Environment for all are dully implemented. I sincerely hope Bali is opening up soon for foreigners as well so you can get the same excitement as I. 

colorful Mural at Ngurah Rai International Airport
This lovely mural will welcome you to Bali :)

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WW: Souvenirs from Bali


How I miss this beautiful land.
Dubbed as the land of Gods and Goddesses, Bali is worldwide famous for its natural landscape, rich tradition, and amazing cultures. For us, Indonesian, Bali is and will always be paradise.

As we are not allowed to travel around these days up until God knows when, we try to entertain ourselves with photos and videos took prior to COVID-19. And I have many taken in Bali. Due to my works, there are times when I came and visited Bali 4-5 times a year. Staying in Kuta and Nusa Dua, where most of my meetings were conducted, I always tried to enjoy this place once the works were concluded. As you know, Bali is indeed dotted with plush hotels and 

Tenun Bali

One thing I wouldn't miss is getting some souvenirs from the fantastic land.
No matter how many times we I have visited Bali, I always try to stop at some souvenir centers around Denpasar, Kuta, or Nusa Dua to get my favorites.
Some of my favorites are the local munchies such as kacang Koro, kacang disco (coated peanuts with various flavors), chips with local spices, brem, and more. 

What I like more is the traditional fabrics, endek and tenun Bali. They are very intricate and detailed plus colorful. As you probably know before, I am a big fan of wastra nusantara. Indonesian traditional fabrics are super cool. I have many collection of them and also the ready-to-wear ones, plus accessories. I always bring them wherever I go and most of the time, make them as souvenirs for my dear friends. Banyak banget temen - temen aku di PBB yang suka juga melihat wastra nusantara yang aku pakai.

Oh..and the paintings! I love Balinese painting, traditional as well as modern ones. 
Here are some of the souvenirs I managed to see and bring home (some of them only).

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My colorful wardrobe

Where are we going to put all these clothes?"

Jerit Bo yang sedang heboh membantu saya membereskan lemari pakaian. Pusing juga memang melihat tumpukan pakaian, kain dan entah apalagi yang sudah malang melintang di atas lantai. Sementara di kamar anak-anak, Rudi, my hubby, sudah asyik memasukkan pakaian musim panas kami ke dalam koper dan kotak. Winter cleaning is here :).

berantakan di manaaa-manaaa :)

Libur panjang yang lalu kami memang tidak pergi ke tempat yang jauh-jauh seperti biasanya karena banyak acara dan undangan dari teman-teman kantor maupun teman-teman Bo et Obi. Mumpung di rumah, saya pun memanfaatkan waktu untuk beberes. Sudah lama memang ingin membereskan lemari pakaian yang mungkin kalau bisa teriak sudah jejeritan protes karena penuh dan amburadul. Lucunya, lemari pakaian anak-anak justru rapi karena Mama Bo et Obi suka bawel kalau melihat pakaian mereka bertebaran. 

Sudah menjadi kebiasaan saya untuk beberes lemari ketika musim dan cuaca berganti. Ya, ngga sering-sering banget sih, biasanya setiap perpindahan dari musim dingin ke musim semi dan dari musim gugur ke musim dingin. Karena perbedaan cuaca yang lumayan ekstrim, mau tidak mau pakaian pun harus disesuaikan juga. Belum lagi musim sale hehehe.. Yang seringkali membuat kita gelap mata dan lupa diri membeli baju lagi. Bukannya apa-apa..secara lemari hanya segitu-gitunya. Kita punya 4 built-in wardrobe yang idealnya cukup  untuk kami berempat. Tapi ternyata tidak :). Apalagi musim dingin akan segera tiba. Otomatis baju-baju tebal, jaket, sweater dan teman-temannya yang menghabiskan tempat di lemari harus dikeluarkan.

But you know what happened?
As usual, I become distracted :p. 
This is exactly what happen when you just love to see all those colorful wardrobe:). Instead of sorting out my summer and winter clothes, I just keep all my colorful dresses, no matter how thin they are, and color code them :p.  Itu pun tidak selesai karena kemudian saya malah asyik menyusun koleksi kain saya dari berbagai penjuru Nusantara. Apalagi saya punya tempat khusus untuk memajang mereka. Liat kain Tapis, pasang kain tapis. Ketemu Tais ganti Tais, begitu pula saat tenun Lombok dan kain Brongsong yang kebetulan warnanya ungu, warna favorit saya sedunia. Akhirnya... Waktu banyak berlalu karena saya asyik mengatur kain-kain cantik ini.

Yang kacaunya lagi, saya malah asyik mencoba-coba lagi aneka baju dan jaket yang memang sudah menumpuk di lemari hahahaha...Bagaimana bisa bereees kalau beginiii :). Salah satu yang sedang jadi favorit saya adalah jaket hitam dengan aksen Endek Bali warna ungu kesayangan saya. Istimewanya, jaket ini buatan teman saya sendiri, Mba Waya Komala yang memang jago menjahit. Bayangkan, dengan bermodalkan gambar sekenanya dan ukuran baju yang dikirim dari jarak jauh, plus kain Endek bali yang khusus diterbangkan langsung dari Bali, kurang dari satu bulan jaket cantik ini sudah tiba di NYC. pas dengan musim gugur yang saat itu baru mulai.

ini dia jaket andalan :)

Satu lagi, jaket tenun Lombok buatan mba Waya yang perjalanannya lebih dahsyat lagi sampai ke tangan saya. Tau ngga kenapa? Karena jaket ini dibuat mba Waya di Jakarta, dikirim ke kantor saya di Jakarta, lalu dibawa teman yang tugas ke Jenewa dan saya pun 'menjemput' jaket cantik ini di Jenewa saat sedang bertugas ke sana beberapa waktu yang lalu. Perjalanan panjang yang sukses membuat saya langsung memakai jaket cantik ini saat ada UN Bazaar di Palais des Nations, Geneve :).

Abaikan gaya lebai kami but it's my Tenun Lombok Jacket :)
Bukan itu saja, Mba Waya juga sudah banyak membantu saya dengan ketrampilannya menjahit ketika saya membuat GA #finishthefight. Buat mereka yang mendapat pouch cantik pink ribbon dengan motif kain Endek bali, itu  hasil karya tangan dingin Mba Waya lhoooo. 

pouch cantik untuk kamuuuu :)

Plus rok toutou ungu Endek Bali kembar punya saya dan Obi. Supeeer lucuuuu :)

edisi unguuuu :)

Dan satu lagi (judulnya ngg abis-abiiis deh kalau ngomongin mba Waya sayaaang :)). 
Miss Rendang.
Iya Miss Rendang  Pake bold et underline plus warna ungu hehehee.
Duuuuh...jadi kangen dengan rendang homemade buatan mba cantik yang satu ini. Testimoni saya bahwakan saya tuliiiis di blog ini dan  Miss Rendang memang nendaaang :). Can't wait to try another round of hot steamed rice with this special rendang with a taste of home.

Cobaaa... Dari urusan beberes baju, kita jadi ngomongin rendang kan hehehe. 
It shows you how easily distracted I am :). But looking at my colorful wardrobe is surely a relaxing intermezzo amidst my colder days. I guess that's the reason why I keep adding my collections no matter how stuffy my wardrobe is :).

So, at the end of the day, I got two big bags of unused clothes that will certainly go to the clothing drive. All good for my closet and my gawangan is beautifully adorned with my favorite traditional fabrics from home. Tidying up my closet appears to be great therapy for me. It's so soothing  and relaxing:). Thank you, my colorful wardrobe :)

some of my colorful collections :)

Have you been tidying up your closet lately?