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  Plaiting and Weaving

Among Bali's least recognized, oldest, and most perishable art forms are the imaginative and beautiful weaving and plaiting of natural fibers into utilitarian implements and decorations.

To the Balinese, making these throwaway offerings is a labor of love (bakti yoga), floral and pastry testaments to their devotion to their temple. Over 10,000 varieties of offerings are used in religious ceremonies. The whole culture seems to revolve around the decorative arts.

During festivals, the Balinese decorate columns, statues, and shrines in checkered cloths, palm leaf flowers, and bright tasseled umbrellas. The roads at festival time are graced with long lines of intricate bunting, woven penjor poles, and open pavilions are festooned with twirling busing (young palm).

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