Finding the folk art of Bali

After we have noted the surge in cultural study tours for students, we now like to mention another regular study tour planned again for this year. This open for anyone from the US, who like to learn how to admire the brightly colored crafts and intricate carvings of Balinese artisans on a 15-day tour with folk-art collector Gordon Frost.

Participants on the trip, which begins Aug. 15, will stay in Ubud, the arts capital of Bali. They will visit museums and galleries by day and attend dances and listen to Balinese gamelan music at night. They also will join villagers at temple festivals and ceremonies.

"I try to take people to places and villages they might have missed," said Frost, who has been leading tours to Bali for 19 years.

The group will travel to the village of Pengosekan, known for its paintings; to the woodcarving village of Mas; to Celuk, home to silver and gold craftsmen; and to northeastern Bali, where weavers create double ikat textiles.

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Batik sarongs are the dress of choice for dance students in the Bali village of Pengosekan. The community is known for its paintings. (Gordon Frost)

Article by Maggie Barnett, published first in the Los Angeles Times