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The culture of carvings


Our hand carved decor collection originates from a small island in Indonesia, in a small town called Ubud (ew-bood, “bood” rhymes with “food). Artisans learn this delicate trade from family members and other villagers who are eager to share their skill and continue the trade. They work with several different types of wood, all sustainable, such as rain tree wood, indian rosewood, mahogany, and crocodile wood. We’d love to share with you a little bit more about their culture and way of life.

 

 

This town made up of small farms, rice paddies, and dense forests has grown to a population of around 30,000 people. Located in the central foothills and deep ravines of the Gianyar regency, this area is a growing cultural center thanks to the recognition of the skill and craft passed down in families.

 

Ubud was originally an important source of medicinal herbs and plants, with its name deriving from the Balinese word ubad, meaning “medicine”. This town features three main streets which connect it to other communities on the island.

 

 

A walk through the village center will reveal their deep Hindu beliefs with many temples lining the streets. You’ll see everything from temples housing royal tombs to serene valleys. You’ll also stumble upon the Ubud Monkey Forest, a nature reserve housing approximately 340 crab-eating macaque monkeys.

 

 

The natural beauty and appreciation of nature, paired with years of skill refinement, make this the perfect region to craft thoughtful carvings. Take a look at a few of our customers’ recent favorites and we think you’ll see the influence that accompanies each work of art. Click on your favorite carving below to find out more about it.