Kamasan

Kamasan

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This quiet, traditional village is the place where the classical Kamasan painting style originated, and several artists still practise this art. You can see their workshops and small showrooms along the main street. Suar Gallery is a good starting place; its owner, Gede Wedasmura, is a well-known painter.

The local painting style is often a family affair. Paintings depict traditional stories or Balinese calendars, and although they are sold in souvenir shops all over Bali, the quality is better here. Look for smooth and distinct line-work, evenly applied colours and balance in the overall composition. The village is also home to families of bokor (artisans who produce the silver bowls used in traditional ceremonies).

To reach Kamasan, go about 2km south of Semarapura and look for the turn-off to the east.

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