Everyone loves to take a piece of their travels home with them; be it a recipe, a shell or a purchased item (not I love (insert name of country) t-shirts, fridge magnets, or a snow globe). We’re talking about keepsakes that have a unique story behind them, goods made with traditional techniques and materials that represent the country’s rich culture. Souvenir shopping in Bali is in a league of its own. From rustic hand-thrown ceramics to chic fashion accessories made with age-old weaving techniques. Here’s what we wouldn’t leave Bali without.
Image: Home Mate
A producer of exclusive resort wear, we’d give Beachgold and gold medal for utilising traditional techniques unique to Bali. The 25-year-old family business also champions local artisans and suppliers in Bali. Indulge in kaftans and dresses made with soft flowing voiles and intricate beadwork, tops and shirts handcrafted with prints and traditional batiks.
No. 54, Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Italian sophistication meets Balinese craftsmanship at Gaya Ceramic and Design, with hand-thrown ceramics crafted in the finest Porcelain, Stoneware and Raku clay. With over 70 artisans, the team aspires to preserve and promote this talent by imparting an appreciation of its crafting process to the community. Select from a mix of tableware, decorative pieces, vases and centrepieces to prettify your home.
Jalan Raya Sayan No 105, Ubud Bali 80571
If you’re little rushed for time or just have one too many souvenirs to buy, step into the charming boutique that is Home Mate. The products at HOME MATE are made with simplicity, practicality, function and purpose in mind. The result is a mix of design-heavy everyday household accessories, sleek wooden kitchenware tools, pottery, exotic variations of tea and sea salt, soap bars and Balinese condiments.
Jl. Petitenget No 1A, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Known for its stunning showroom – a bamboo-like architecture with a unique rooftop, amidst lush paddy fields – John Hardy is a jewellery shop unlike any other. Spoil yourselves with a variety of jewellery designs hand-made locally by village folk, using traditional jewellery making techniques. For an unforgettable experience, make an appointment for an hour long tour and you’ll receive a first-hand experience of the jewellery making process, with over 600 craftsmen working in the workshop.
No 1 Baturning, Mambal, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352
Stylish footwear and a sassy collection of fashion accessories like handbags, totes, clutches and wallets. This may sound like any other fashion boutique but it certainly is not. All products from Lilla Lane are handmade from natural materials like leather, rattan and beads by specialised Balinese craftsmen. In fact, they feature a range of weaving, grommeting and knotting techniques, marrying ethnicity with class, and a hint of boho chic. If you’d rather opt for some potential fashion faves, head on down to Lilla Lane.
Jl. Bumbak No. 14 Banjar Anyar Kelod Kerobokan, Bali 80361 | Also available at various outlets
Quarzia is a Batik-specialised label that has revolutionised the traditional batik manufacturing technique by adding a European twist. The batik prints are inspired by flower petals, palm trees, peacock feathers and geometric patterns. They also carry a range of kimonos and sarongs. Spoil yourselves silly with some of the most luxurious and lush resortwear in Bali.
3a Jalan Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali 80361 | 8 Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud 80571